Forrestfield and Toodyay childcare workers win national awards


Tracey Salsman with Theo Papas (curly hair) and Jacob Minchin. Picture: Bruce Hunt d473335
Tracey Salsman with Theo Papas (curly hair) and Jacob Minchin. Picture: Bruce Hunt d473335

FORRESTFIELD’S Tracey Salsman and Toodyay’s Tracey Hunter are recognised as being among the nation’s finest in childcare.

Ms Salsman is a family day care educator with Nature Alliance and a regional winner in the 2017 excellence in family day care awards.

“I believe each child should be given the opportunity to develop and explore their interests in an environment that is safe and well supported,” she said.

She has worked in childcare for 23 years and is one of more than 21,000 family day care educators across the country .

The awards recognise the work done by the educators and highlight the bond shared between families and the child carers.

Family Day Care Australia chief executive officer Andrew Paterson said the awards shone a light on the importance family day care plays for families.

“This is an opportunity to highlight the special contribution that educators make to the lives of the children in their care,” he said.

Ms Hunter registered with Great Beginnings Family Day Care is also a regional winner.

National finalists will be announced on September 25, with the national educator of the year named at a gala dinner in October.

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