Early education awards recognise local heroes

RECOGNITION: Danielle Creagh has been nominated for Director of the Year for her efforts.
RECOGNITION: Danielle Creagh has been nominated for Director of the Year for her efforts.

THE spotlight is shining bright on family business, The Cubby Educational Centre.

The centre's service manager Danielle Creagh has been nominated for Director of the Year at the Australian Family Early Education and Care Awards.

The awards are Australia's biggest celebration of the leaders and services for the early years education sector.

Danielle is honoured and humbled by the nomination.

"It was a shock when I found out,” she said.

"I don't ever think about what it is that I'm putting in because I do what I love, but this was an opportunity for me to reflect on how much I do actually do.”

The Cubby Educational Centre includes the Kidz Rock Educational Centre and they cater for children from six weeks to three and a half years old, liaising with local schools to ensure a smooth transition for the kids.

Danielle fell into the industry after watching her mother run a childcare service in Tamworth, and hopes to show the same dedication and commitment to her own three children.

"I grew up watching my mum create environments like I now create - I know my children can see what hard work ethic is - this has become their family as well, they love it here,” she said.

"My mum built these services - we were originally a block of land full of fruit trees and have established it from there.

"It's very personal to us - I give my family time up to give other families good quality care.”

Danielle said the centre aims to create a supportive and educational environment for children.

"When a family is dropping their child off it's like dropping them off with family members,” she said.

"The centre is on two-and-a-half acres - we've got beautiful trees and flowers, guinea pigs and chickens.

"We have a lot of natural resources that are teaching children to respect their environment as well as sustainability.”

She said the recognition these awards give to people in the industry is important.

"A lot of the time you're that person in the office doing accounts and paper work and legislation, and to be recognised as being the person behind the scene is really great,” Danielle said.

"It takes a lot of heart and time and commitment - it's a good thing that people are getting recognised for their hard work.”

Finalists for the awards will be announced on Wednesday, April 26.

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