Affinity Educators and Childcare Centres Nominated for Industry Awards

Affinity Education Group has received 24 different nominations in the 2018 Australian Early Education & Care Awards.

These national industry awards aim to celebrate outstanding contributions in child care and inspire excellence.

Some of Affinity’s centres and staff have been nominated by families wishing to express their thanks for the quality of service they’ve experienced, others have been nominated by Affinity to publicly recognise the achievements of these growing centres and shining stars.

Early Childhood Service of the Year:
  • Little Tots Child Care, QLD
  • Bambini Coombabah, QLD
  • Village Kids Torquay, QLD
  • Aussie Kindies Sunbury, VIC
  • Pitt Town Early Learning Centre, NSW
  • Ipswich Kiddie Care, QLD
  • Kindy Kapers Wakerley, QLD
  • Kids Inn Childcare Swan View, WA
  • Early Learning Centre Cranbourne East, VIC
  • A Step Ahead Helena Valley, WA
  • Kids Inn Child Care Kalamunda, WA
  • Milestones Early Learning Palmerston, NT
Early Childhood Educator of the Year:
  • Jessica Hurst – Tadpoles Narangba, QLD
  • Cassandra Kirk – Milestones Wulguru, QLD
  • Karlee Bell – Pitt Town Preschool, NSW
  • Yolandi Chandler – Kids Care Mindarie, WA
  • Cassandra Weymouth - Budgewoi Jelli Beanz Kindergarten, NSW
  • Karyn Frenken – Casey Childcare & Kindergarten, VIC
  • Marigold Richardson – ASA Helena Valley, WA
  • Donna Cartwright - Milestones Palmerston, NT
  • Priptpal Bhatti – Box Hill Early Learning Centre, VIC
  • Ashleigh Creaney – Bambini Coombabah, QLD
Early Childhood Director of the Year:
  • Renee Davis - Aussie Kindies Early Learning Kyabram, VIC
  • Sarah Algie – Creswick Children’s Services, VIC
Rising Star:
  • Stephanie Munday - Milestones EarlyCare Darwin City, NT
“The team and I were thrilled to hear we’ve been nominated for an industry award,” said Theresa Philips, Centre Manager at Bambini Coombabah who have been nominated for Early Childhood Service of the Year“I’m so proud of our team. Our centre continues to go from strength to strength because of their passion, dedication and professionalism. It’s wonderful to see them recognised for the hard work and care they devote to creating a positive experience for our centre families, every day.”  

Yolandi Chandler from Kids Care Mindarie has been nominated for Early Childhood Educator of the Year and commented “I feel very humbled to be nominated for an award just for doing what I love! Receiving this nomination means so much. I’m very grateful to Affinity for all the opportunities and support they have given me to grow in my career, and of course to all our amazing families and children who bring out the best in me!”

Tim Hickey, CEO of Affinity Education Group said the recognition was extremely well deserved for all the nominees.

“At Affinity, our focus is always on helping our people and the children in our care to reach their full potential. These centres and Educators are delivering the highest quality early education and care, and raising industry standards, so I am delighted to see their hard work and efforts publicly recognised,” Mr Hickey said.

Affinity Education Group is one of Australia's largest privately held providers of early childhood education. Headquartered in Brisbane, Queensland, the company owns and operates 167 under a variety of brands throughout Australia, with a presence in Queensland, New South Wales, Victoria, Western Australia and the Northern Territory.

Affinity Education Group’s research-based Lifelong Learning approach places primary focus on high quality play-based early education which aligns with the approved curriculum. Visit