Local women shine in early childcare

Erin Renae Haslet from White Gum Valley�s Smileys Childcare Centre was named in the Rising Star of the Year category, while Shari Edwards from Hilton�s First Steps Early Learning Centre made the cut in the Educator of the Year category. Lisa Godwin, the director of both centres, is a finalist in Director of the Year.

Ms Edwards said it was the second year she had made the shortlist.

�To be nominated and recognised as a finalist two years in a row now is an amazing feeling,� she said.

�I feel appreciated by my colleagues, the children and their families on a regular basis, receiving hugs, kind words and even gifts, but to be in the running for an award feels very special.

�Being recognised in this way will help to give some exposure to the amazing work that early childhood educators do.�