Amanda Randall with Ivy Smith and Ellie Watts with Riley Boag in Rainbow Station's baby room.
Amanda Randall with Ivy Smith and Ellie Watts with Riley Boag in Rainbow Station's baby room. Jamie Brown

Dedicated staff in Richmond Valley nominated for childcare award

CASINO’S Rainbow Station Early Education Centre, and Sandcastles Early Education Centre, Evans Head, have been nominated for ‘Service of the year’ in this season’s Australian Family Early Education and Care Awards.

The nomination is all the more special for the Casino operation, where employee Sally Price has been nominated for the ‘rising star’ award.

Last year the facility’s director Jacquie Taylor was awarded director of the year, Australia-wide and while she was pleased with the result, she said the process of applying was arduous and confronting.

“It’s tough to critique yourself,” she said.

“It’s not the sort of job where you pat yourself on the back. I’m here for our 14 staff and the families who support us.”

SALLY Price of Rainbow Station has been nominated as a 'rising star' in her profession.
SALLY Price of Rainbow Station has been nominated as a 'rising star' in her profession. Jamie Brown

Meanwhile rising star Sally Price has been keen on childcare since she was in high school, where she completed her certificate 2 in early childcare development before completing her degree – while working full time – last.

Next year she plans on studying for her Masters.

“It is my passion,” she said.

“I love making a difference in children’s lives and their families by giving quality care.

“Every child is an individual and we work to extend their interests. We want to develop our children to their fullest potential.”



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