2019 - Affinity Awards

At Affinity Education we love to celebrate the wins. We are so proud of our teams and we want to make sure we show our appreciation at every opportunity. Over the weekend of July 26-28  our Centre, Area and State Managers from across the country united for our 2019 Centre Manager Lifelong Learning Conference.

The conference opened with a moving welcome to country by Luther Cora, who comes from the Bungarre family of the Yugumbeh language group of the Bundjalung nation which is in the Gold Coast area. 

On the program to motivate and inspire Centre Managers: Anthony Semann, early education leadership expert, Mark Anthony, children’s entertainment expert Jimmy Rees (Aka Jimmy Giggle) and motivational speaker Julie Cross.

Inspirational speaker Julie Cross in front of Affinity’s Recognition Flower wall - sharing messages from our childcare centres across Australia

“Thanks for having me, just loved sharing my message and some sparkle with you all, love The Affinity Way,” said Julie.

Our team enjoyed plenty of development opportunities, bonding exercises and, most importantly, the chance to be recognised as outstanding professionals in the early education and care industry.

Affinity’s State Managers celebrate with their 2019 Centre Manager winners

Our Area and Centre Managers loved the weekend and have spent the week raving about the friendships they made and the skills they have learned.

“What an event, absolutely loved it, thanks everyone who organised it.” - Aussie Kindies Early Learning Woy Woy Centre Manager Michelle Shephard.

“Such a fantastic event! So proud to be part of the Affinity Story!” - Acting Centre Manager Papilio Early Learning Epping Cheyanne Carter.

“The professionalism, attention to detail, catering, the inspiration, everything was amazing”  - Centre Manager Tadpoles Early Learning Cashmere.

Please take a moment to acknowledge our wonderful award recipients.

2019 – Affinity Awards – Winners

Value Centres Individuals

Completely Connected
NSW - Kids Academy Regentville QLD - Jodie Henderson - Aussie Kindies Early Learning Granville

Going Above and Beyond
NSW - Papilio Early Learning Meadowbank QLD - Carol Johnston - Milestones Early Learning Stretton

Having Serious Fun
QLD - Milestones Early Learning Highfields QLD - Michelle Belanji - Tadpoles Early Learning Centre Narangba 

Creating Shining Stars
WA/NT - Little People's Retreat Middle Swan
NSW - Krista Lynch - Acting Area Manager for Kurrawatha Avenue Early Learning Centre, Milestones Early Learning Centre No 1 (CBD), Milestones Early Learning Centre No 2 (OXY) and Aussie Kindies Early Learning Glen Innes

Living the Team Spirit
QLD - Country Kids Stanthorpe NSW - Michelle Shephard - Aussie Kindies Early Learning Woy Woy

Delivering Outstanding Professionalism
VIC - Box Hill Early Learning QLD - Tamara Fowler - TLC Childcare Sherwood
State Manager's Choice


QLD - Jan Holmes - Aussie Kindies Early Learning Currumbin Waters

NSW - Sazia Rahiman - Papilio Early Learning Centre North Strathfield (Blue Campus) 

VIC - Danielle Gatt - Papilio Early Learning Centre Ashburton

WA/NT - Kayla Bishop - Little People's Retreat Middle Swan

CEO's Choice
  Stacey Laubsch - Area Manager for Area 14

Most Improved Centre Manager
  Sarah Kleehammer - Milestones Early Learning Lakes Entrance

Best Centre Manager - Runner Up
  Theresa Phillips - Bambini Early Childhood Development Coombabah 

Best Centre Manager
  Julie Louk - Milestones Early Learning South Townsville

Excellence in Early Childhood Education
Pitt Town ELC, NSW  

Excellence in Safety
Premier ELC Moruya, NSW  

Quality Award
Abacus Childcare, VIC  

Quality Improvement Award
Smithfield ELC, QLD  

CEO Tim Hickey thanked Centre Managers, Area Managers, State Managers, Quality and Educational teams, and the Affinity 'support crew'. 

“As a company we've come so far,” he said.

“Congratulations to our worthy award winners - you're leading your teams through the Affinity Way values, as outstanding providers of high quality early education and care.” 

To join our team in going above and beyond, take a look at our current career opportunities.