BOMBALA’S very own Yvonne Ingram has been named the region’s Best Family Day Care Educator in the 2013 Excellence in Family Day Care Awards.
This is a very high achievement indeed, with Yvonne now being eligible for consideration in the state level of the awards.
Yvonne has been with Monaro Family Day Care for 15 years now, and was delighted to be nominated, having to answer a series of questions as part of being considered for the awards this year.
“I would just like to thank the parents for nominating me, and the families for all of their support,” she said.
Yvonne is one of 19,000 family day care educators providing quality early childhood education and care to more than 125,000 children across Australia.
Family Day Care Australia celebrates the important role family day care educators play in the lives of families and communities across Australia by announcing the regional winners in its annual national awards.
More than 2000 nominations were received from families with educators judged on their commitment to providing quality early childhood education and care in a unique, home-based setting.
Family Day Care Australia Chief Executive Officer Carla Northam says she was overwhelmed by the heartfelt stories about the incredible service provided by family day care educators like Yvonne.
“There is no greater responsibility than to be entrusted with the care and education of a young child, and every nomination reflected the importance parents place on the safe, nurturing and educational environment of family day care,” Mrs Northam says.
“To be named the regional winner is recognition of Yvonne's dedication to providing quality early childhood education. It also highlights the wonderful and unique relationship between educators like Yvonne and the children in their care.
“Family day care is a very unique form of early childhood education and care with smaller groups and a more nurturing, home-based setting which still meets the same quality requirements as centre-based care.
“The Excellence in Family Day Care Awards provides an opportunity for families to say thank you to educators for helping their children to grow and learn.”
State winners will be announced in October with the Excellence in Family Day Care National Award Winner revealed at the Visions of Excellence in Family Day Care Symposium in Melbourne on November 2.
As well as the honour of being named the best in the business, state and national winners will share in more than $20,000 worth of prizes including flights, accommodation, training packages, toys and resources.