Affinity Educators and Centres Acknowledged for Outstanding Contributions to the Childcare Industry

Finalists have been announced for the 2018 Australian Early Education & Care Awards.
Affinity Education Group, which owns and operates the national Lifelong Learning Centres network, is delighted that five of our childcare centres feature among the 116 finalists.
Affinity CEO Tim Hickey congratulated the finalists, who were selected from over 1,693 nominations.
“Affinity is very proud to see our centres and team recognised for their outstanding commitment to professionalism in the child care industry,” he said.
“Each of these finalists is already known within Affinity’s community for their excellence in quality of care and education, and to see this acknowledged in the general community through these awards is well-deserved.”
The Lifelong Learning Centres finalists are:
Aussie Kindies Early Learning Sunbury – Finalist for Early Childhood Service of the Year
Leeanne Rough, Centre Director at A Step Ahead Early Learning Centre Helena Valley – Finalist for Early Childhood Director of the Year
Cassandra Weymouth, ECT at Budgewoi Jelli Beanz Kindergarten – Finalist for Early Childhood Educator of the Year
Leonie MacCartie, Educator at Tadpoles Early Learning Centre, Cooroy – Finalist for Early Childhood Educator of the Year
Yolandi Chandler, ACM at Kids Care Mindarie – Finalist for Early Childhood Educator of the Year
Collene Lowry, Centre Manager at Aussie Kindies Early Learning Sunbury in Victoria, said she was amazed and excited to see her centre recognized formally by the Awards committee among so many nominations.
“No matter the outcome, I’m extremely proud of my team and grateful they have received this recognition. The experience has only motivated us more to continue going above and beyond for our families,” Ms Lowry said.
Ms Lowry’s centre has also been recognized in her local community for its connections with a nearby Aged Care facility, which children attending her centre regularly visit.
Cassandra Weymouth, an Early Childhood Teacher at Budgewoi Jelli Beanz Kindergarten in New South Wales attributed part of her success to the professional development opportunities provided by Affinity Education Group.
“In 2017 I was invited to take part in the Affinity Shining Stars program which has given me amazing training and recognition, while encouraging me to contribute to our national network of Early Childhood Teachers,” Ms Weymouth said.
“I feel so grateful for these opportunities, as they are really helping me develop within my team,” she said.
State winners for the 2018 Australian Early Education & Care Awards will be announced by the 30th.
Affinity Education Group owns and operates over 160+ childcare centres under a variety of brands throughout Australia, with a presence in Queensland, New South Wales, Victoria, Western Australia and the Northern Territory. All our centres are united under the Lifelong Learning Centres research-based approach, which focusses on delivering quality play-based early education and promotes a unique and holistic 'Healthy Children' framework.