ACA NSW Award winners – 3 Bears Cottage sweeps the board
3 Bears Cottage early education service (EES), located in Coffs Harbour, New South Wales, has secured four awards at the annual Australian Childcare Alliance (ACA) Early Childhood Education Week Gala Awards night, held on 27 October 2018 at the Shangri-La Hotel, The Rocks, Sydney.
3 Bears Cottage won the awards for ‘Best early childhood education week (ECEW) program – regional large centre;; ‘Best regional program highlighting the early years learning framework (EYLF)’; ‘The power of relationships with children award’; and, ‘The award for best artwork illustrating the “engage, learn, play – playing is education”’ theme.
Umina Kids Club secured three awards, being recognised for ‘Best sustainability program’, ‘The physical environment where children learn and play’ and ‘Outstanding contribution by a team – regional’.
Clovel Early Learning Centre were big provider winners on the night, being awarded in four categories across four different sites, securing the ‘Children are connected and contribute to their world’, ‘Best ECEW program (metropolitan small centre)’, ‘Best program involving families’, and ‘Incorporating sustainable practices’ awards.
Little Zak’s Academy also fared well, bringing home three awards for their Brookvale, Epping 2 and Sydney Olympic Park sites, in the ‘Best ECEW Activity (Metropolitan)’, ‘Children engage in play-based education’ and ‘Best photo illustrating theme engage, learn, play – playing is education’ awards.
Other services winning awards in multiple categories included;
- All Star Early Learners Botany, winning ‘Children are confident and involved learners’ and ‘Encouraging children’s learning and development’ awards
- Bambini Lilyfield, winning ‘Best program highlighting the national quality standards (NQS)’ and ‘Communicating ideas through play’ categories
- Gumnut Kindergarten (Narrabeen), who won ‘Best promotional program’ and ‘Play and transition to school’
- The Cubbyhouse Prepartory School @ Lane Cove, recognised for ‘Best community involvement program’ and ‘Outstanding contribution by a team – metropolitan’
- Toy Box Early Learning – Mascot, who secured ‘Best ECEW program – metropolitan large centre’ and ‘Best program highlighting the EYLF – metropolitan’
Singular award winners, in their relevant categories, are listed below:
|Best multicultural program||Albion Park Early Learning Centre – Macleay Place|
|Children have a strong sense of identity||Alphabet Long Day Care College (Macksville)|
|Outstanding participation throughout the year||Bela Babes (Artarmon)|
|Best ECEW activity – regional||Branxton Preschool|
|Outstanding contribution by an individual||Catherine Sansom, Explore and Develop – Lilyfield|
|Best program for children learning through play||Cherry Tree Early Learning Centre Sylvania|
|Children have a strong sense of wellbeing||Fit Kidz Learning Centre – Dural North|
|Children are effective communicators||Fletcher Montessori & Fletcher ELC (Fletcher)|
|Best program highlighting the NQS – regional||Kiddies Hut – Diamond Beach|
|Keeping children healthy and safe||Mt Pritchard Kindy & CCC|
|Families and communities uniting||Oakville Preschool Learning Centre|
|Best program highlighting inclusivity practices||Rainbow Station EEC (Casino)|
|Inclusive practice – everyone is welcome||Willywagtails Kindergarten (Yamba)|
The awards were sponsored by Guild Insurance, Guild Early Learning, Early Education and Care College (powered by Kool Kids) and NOVA Employment!