Award nominees Kelli Radford (left) and Melizza McKenzie (right) at the Uniting Church Child Care Centre with young charges (from left) Lila Parr, Logan Brady and Brayden Bainbridge.
Award nominees Kelli Radford (left) and Melizza McKenzie (right) at the Uniting Church Child Care Centre with young charges (from left) Lila Parr, Logan Brady and Brayden Bainbridge. Enee Pilcher

Child care workers nominated

NOT wishing to ‘blow her own horn’ in any way, modest Australian Family Child Care Award nominee Kelli Radford said she was overwhelmed to learn she had even been nominated for the national award.

Ms Radford, who is director at the Uniting Church Child Care Centre in Cartwright Road, Gympie, told The Gympie Times yesterday she was grateful to be nominated and become short-listed for the Children’s Service Director of the Year award.

“It’s nice to be recognised,” Ms Radford said.

She has been working in the childcare industry since she was aged 15 and at the Uniting Church Child Care Centre for 10 years.

And she loves her job, she said, especially seeing child development through high quality child care.

The hardworking and dedicated childcare worker joins another Gympie nominee, Melissa McKenzie, also from the Uniting Church Child Care Centre (UCCCC).

Ms McKenzie was nominated in the Child Care Worker of the Year category.

Both were acknowledged for their outstanding achievement in childcare by the parents of children they looked after.

Ms McKenzie, who has worked in child care for 12 years – eight at the UCCCC – said she was appreciative of receiving the nomination.

She said she also loved her job and watching the children grow and learn.

The Australian Family Child Care Awards celebrate excellence in child care and aim to encourage Australians working in all sectors of child care to aspire to excellence.

Nominating an outstanding child carer is a chance to show that you appreciate their hard work.

The winners were announced at a ceremony in Sydney at the end of April.

All nominees were judged on their outstanding achievements and ongoing quality of care.

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