Two Fraser Coast early childhood centres nominated for award

VILLAGE Kids Torquay and Condy Park Pre-School and Kindergarten Pialba have both been nominated in this year's Australian Family Early Education and Care Awards.

Now in its 12th year, the Australian Family Early Education and Care Awards is the sector's peak awards for the early years education sector celebrating the dedication, tireless work and passion of the outstanding leaders and services in Australian communities.  

The two Fraser Coast early education establishments were nominated in the Service of the Year category. 

Nominations are now open for the Australian Family Early Education and Care Awards' in four categories: Director of the Year, Service of the Year, Educator of the Year and the Rising Star Award (open to people who have worked in early childhood for five years or less - regardless of their age).

All levels of experience and qualification are accepted across all program types, including long day care (private and community), family day care, occasional care, preschool, early learning centres and school age care groups. 

Family, friends, colleagues and parents with children in care are encouraged to nominate in this year's awards which is overseen by Judging Chairman and Australian Family Managing Director, Paul Clancy. 

The Australian Family Early Education and Care Awards is judged by a distinguished panel of professionals from the early childhood sector through a rigorous judging process.

The judges seek individuals and services that best reflect the highest of quality in their everyday work with young children.

Each received nomination is reviewed by representatives of Australian Family including Paul Clancy and Jennifer Kernahan, Editor and University tutor (B.ED) to determine the Australian Family Early Education & Care Awards Finalists on April 18 2016. 

Each finalist will need to demonstrate their achievements in practice and commitment to five key areas aligned with the National Quality Standards (the federal government-mandated professional standards for children's services) regulated by the Australian Children's Education and Care Authority (ACECQA). 

These five areas are: improving the wellbeing of the children, improving the children's program, improving the early childhood service, ongoing professional learning and development and improving inclusive interactions and partnerships with families.

Each Finalist is scrutinised by the judging panel who will reveal the State Winners on May 17 2016. 

To determine the national winner of each category, the state winners will all meet with the judging panel to present their promise to ongoing quality improvement and innovation as part of a three day professional development event in June. 

Nominations open now at www.earlyeducationandcareawards.com.au and close at midnight March 13 2016.



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