Castle Hill’s Clovel Childcare and Early Learning Centre is leading the way in childhood education after being crowned winners of the 2017 Early Childhood Education Awards.
An initiative of the Australian Childcare Alliance NSW, the awards acknowledge the most creative and impactful initiatives presented by childcare services during Early Childhood Education Week (ECEW).
Re-launched this year with the theme ‘Every Child is Exceptional’, ECEW and the awards sought to celebrate and promote the benefits that early learning centres provide to local communities, families and their children.
Specifically, projects and activities throughout ECEW set out to achieve 12 key objectives; including empowering children to contribute and connect to the world, building their sense of identity and wellbeing, instilling the importance of good nutrition to build clever kids, facilitating the development of their confidence and encouraging more involved learning and effective communication.
Theresa Willett, Education leader and compliance manager for Clovel Childcare and Early Learning Centres across western Sydney, has worked for the organisation for more than two decades.
She said fostering a sense of community is important to the educational institution because it’s central to the children’s sense of identity and their ability to work together and value others’ efforts.
“It ensures that they are aware that everything we have today is because so many people before us have worked hard to build it,” she said. “This teaches the children the importance of taking care of the things around them.”
The Clovel Childcare and Early Learning Centres are located in Granville, Merrylands, Wentworthville, Castle Hill and Blacktown and collectively received five awards including; best community involvement program, best program involving families, best sustainability program, childrens strong sense of wellbeing and good nutrition and clever kids.
President of Australian Childcare Alliance NSW Lyn Connolly said the calibre of the entries this year was “remarkable” and noted the industry wide impact initiatives – like ECEW and the awards – have.
“ECEW and the awards bring centres and families together to celebrate the vibrant and fruitful benefits offered to children through communal, play based learning,” Ms Connolly said.
“This allows for the sharing of knowledge and ideas so that our centres can progress together and provide the best possible service.
“The awards provide a unique opportunity to recognise the people who have the enormous responsibility of helping to care for and educate young children.”