Ed­u­ca­tors re­warded

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THE chil­dren of the Cas­sowary Coast are in good hands.

Two lo­cal ed­u­ca­tors have been recog­nised for their hard work and ded­i­ca­tion as part of this year’s Cas­sowary Coast Early Child­hood Ed­u­ca­tor of the Year Awards.

Hosted by the Cas­sowary Coast Re­gional Coun­cil late last month, Desiree Topa­cio and Jas­mine Sheri­dan took out the top awards for their ex­cel­lence in pro­vid­ing care.

Ms Topa­cio from Tully won the Par­ent’s Choice Award for 2018, after re­ceiv­ing 100 per cent ded­i­ca­tion, sup­port and ap­pre­ci­a­tion from the fam­i­lies in her care.

Cas­sowary Coast Fam­ily Day Care ed­u­ca­tional leader Janelle Beasley said Ms Topa­cio made ev­ery child feel com­fort­able and con­fi­dent in ex­press­ing them­selves.

“The abil­ity to pro­vide and safe and nur­tur­ing en­vi­ron­ment has been recog­nised, in con­junc­tion with her de­sire to pro­vide stim­u­lat­ing care through ex­cur­sions and play dates,” Ms Beasley said.

“The par­ents of the chil­dren she ser­vices al­ways com­ment on her kind­ness and abil­ity to go above and beyond for every­one.”

Fam­ily Day Care ed­u­ca­tor Jas­mine Sheri­dan from Mis­sion Beach was the re­cip­i­ent for the Ed­u­ca­tors Choice Award for 2018.

“Jas­mine al­ways leads by ex­am­ple and is ded­i­cated both to the fam­i­lies in her care as well as through the on­go­ing sup­port she pro­vides for her peers,” Ms Beasley said.

“Her use of tech­nol­ogy to keep her par­ents in­formed and share in­spi­ra­tion and imag­i­na­tion is wel­comed and ap­pre­ci­ated.”

Ms Beasley said, al­though both award re­cip­i­ents were recog­nised, they were not alone in pro­vid­ing ex­cep­tional care through­out the Cas­sowary Coast in 2018. Do you have an event or is­sue south of the city you want to see cov­ered? Send an email to

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RECOG­NI­TION: Cas­sowary Coast Early Child­hood Ed­u­ca­tor of the Year Award win­ners Jas­mine Sheri­dan and Deiree Topa­cio.

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