IN THE RUNNING: Jayde Darr, centre director Jacqueline Taylor and Caroline Irwin are thrilled to be nominated for awards.
IN THE RUNNING: Jayde Darr, centre director Jacqueline Taylor and Caroline Irwin are thrilled to be nominated for awards. Doug Eaton

Centre staff in line for awards

CASINO'S Rainbow Station Early Education Centre has been nominated for a swag of awards in the Australian Family Early Education and Care Awards.

The national awards recognise excellence in the sector and that carers are not just babysitters, but play an important role in the social, educational and emotional development of young children.

Rainbow Station's director Jacqueline Taylor has been nominated for Early Childhood Director of the Year, Caroline Irwin has been nominated for Early Childhood Educator of the Year, and Jayde Darr has been nominated for the Rising Star Award (for workers aged 25 years and under).

Ms Taylor said they were nominated by one or more parents, but they did not know who put their names forward.

"But it's nice to see that parents appreciate what we do and are prepared to nominate us," she said.

Ms Taylor only took over as director of the centre six months ago when new owners took over.

"We really went back to basics and have rebuilt the centre in that time. There have been some positive improvements and any parent will tell you how great the centre is now."

The centre looks after 56 kids a day, with 120 children attending throughout the week, and a staff of 14 to care for them.

"We love our centre, and are pleased to be acknowledged for the hard work we put in.

"We do feel like we go the extra mile and are proud of our achievements," Ms Taylor said.

The national winners of each category will be announced at the Australian Family Early Education and Care Awards on June 21.



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