Goondiwindi's Lead educators nominated for national award

Louise Sullivan, Lauren Harris, Amelia Flood, Lisa Hartin, Eligh Grayson, Bella Creed and Ivy Griffiths.
Louise Sullivan, Lauren Harris, Amelia Flood, Lisa Hartin, Eligh Grayson, Bella Creed and Ivy Griffiths.

Four Goondiwindi childcare educators have been nominated in the 2017 Australian Family Early Education and Care Awards.

Lead Childcare director Lauren Harris and senior educators Louise Sullivan, Lisa Hartin and Bella Creed received the exciting news last week.

Ms Harris, who was a top 100 finalist last year, said the nominations were well deserved.

“It’s incredible that four of our 21 staff have been nominated by our families and other staff members for an Australian-wide award,” she said. Ms Sullivan, Ms Hartin and Ms Creed have been nominated in the Educator of the Year category while Ms Harris was entered for the Director of the Year.

In a weeks time, the four will sit and answer nominee questions outlining their strengths, weaknesses, goals, passions and years of service.

“I was nominated last year in the same category and I made it to the top 100 in Australia and top eight in Queensland.

“A judging panel will view each of our answers and pick their top nominees for the next round of judging,” Ms Harris said. Support letters will be written for the four ladies by each supervisor to accompany their answers.

"I think we have a very close team here who communicate well. We are all passionate and love what we do. Because we have a small community we have a special bond with our families and often see them out of work at community and sporting events,” she said.

Staff have godchildren, family friends and family members who attend Lead Childcare.

“Lead is celebrating its eighth birthday this year. We are very excited and proud, it’s hreat for the girls to get some recognition.”

Ms Harris said she nominated Ms Hartin but it was still a mystery to who nominated the others.

“It is anonymous so we don’t know who has nominated the girls but we are very thankful to those who did and we’re grateful to have such lovely families.”

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