Celebrating Early Childhood Educators Day

Early Childhood Educators Day, celebrated on Wednesday 6 September 2017,  recognises and celebrates the work of educators in long day care, kindergarten/preschool services, family day care and occasional care, for their wonderful contribution to the wellbeing and healthy development of the young children in their care. 

It's a time to recognise the important role early childhood educators play in the most crucial learning years of a child's life. It's the little things that count, and the appreciation from our families and children, as well as our management and staff made the day very special. 


This year the childcare centres owned and operated by Affinity Education Group found 1500 reasons to celebrate Early Childhood Educators Day 2017 – that’s the number of dedicated and qualified educators working in our centres across Australia, helping more than 15,000 children to reach their full potential.


Proving early childhood teaching is a lifetime career, two of the most mature early childhood teachers in our centres are 68 years old, and the youngest qualified teacher is just 21 – fresh out of university and already growing and instilling a love of lifelong learning in children.

Tim Hickey, CEO of Affinity Education Group, said the respect and admiration for their educators was genuinely expressed from all levels of the organisation.

“Over the past two years I have visited every single one of our centres in person, and apart from meeting the children, the highlight is always meeting our educators,” Mr Hickey said.

“Great early childhood educators – who connect with families – truly love the children – and help them reach their full potential – are our greatest asset in our centres across Australia,” he said.

“We really celebrate this day, providing gifts for our educators and encouraging their families to show their appreciation as well.”

“It’s very special for Early Childhood Educators to have their own day, because we all work very hard to help children at our centre reach their full potential,” Centre Manager Rachel Howard said.

“Every day, our educators arrive at our centres ready with ideas, imagination, enthusiasm and so much love for every one of the children in our care, they are just the most wonderful people and I’m proud to work with them,” she said.

“Some of our children have been with us since babies and will be part of our centre until they are ready to start Prep…and that is a very important time in their life to be sharing with them!”

“We believe being early childhood educators is the best career we could have chosen,” she said.

Affinity Education Head of Quality Michellena Shelton said the work of early childhood educators was 'creating a better future'. 

"We know the first five years of a child's life are the most important in setting up their attitudes towards learning, building self-confidence and establishing social abilities - and our educators keep these important opportunities in mind every day," she said.
"Our educators are gold."