2021 Award Winners

2021 National Finalists

Coordinator of the Year

Lyndall Cotterill, Mid Coast Family Day Care, ACT/NSW

Nicole McGregor, Kids at Home Family Day Care, NT/QLD

Angela Clarke, Ngala Family Day Care, SA/WA

Mariam Shahid, Bright Sun Family Day Care, TAS/VIC

2021 Star Award Winners

Perpetual Stars

Educator Perpetual Star - Trish Graham, Communities@Work Family Day Care and In-Home Care, ACT

Coordinator Perpetual Star - Denise McKenzie, Gunnedah Family Day Care, NSW

Service Perpetual Star - North Metro Family Day Care Scheme, SA

Emerging Stars

Educator Emerging Star - Lydia Burr, Launceston Family Day Care, TAS

Coordinator Emerging Star - Zowie Simpson, Maryborough and Districts Family Day Care, QLD

Service Emerging Star - Koolanga Family Day Care, WA

2021 Regional Educator Awards

ACT | NSW | NT | QLD | SA | TAS | VIC | WA

Australian Capital Territory

Ayesha Durrani - North Canberra, Communities@Work Family Day Care And In-Home Care

Trish Graham - South Canberra, Communities@Work Family Day Care And In-Home Care

New South Wales

Gabriela Gasinska - CBD, Inner West & Eastern Suburbs, Family Day Care Sydney Wide

Maria Aggabao - North Shore & Northern Beaches, Sydney Family Day Care

Vijay Kirti - North West & Hills District, Five Star Family Day Care

Chytali Suneel Naik - Parramatta & Western Suburbs, First Start Family Daycare

Vijaya Prajapati - Richmond & Hawkesbury, Cares "R" Us Family Day Care

Shiva Shahriary - Ryde & Macquarie Park, Christian Community Aid Family Day Care

Jillian Critchley - Southern Suburbs & Sutherland Shire, Sutherland Shire Council Family Day Care

Xiaoling Min - South West & M5 Corridor, CASS Family Day Care

Tabitha Woonings - Albury Wodonga & Murray, Greater Hume Children Services

Courtney Murphy - Blue Mountains & Central West, Bathurst Family Day Care

Olga Dik - Coffs Harbour & North Coast, Open Arms Care Family Day Care

Jocelyn Mckay - Dubbo & Central, Dubbo Family Day Care

Maryann Zammit - Far West & Central North, Far West Family Day Care Services

Barbara Wallisch - Gosford & Central Coast, Coastwide Family Day Care

Brooke Druett - Goulburn & Southern Tablelands, Goulburn Family Day Care

Sarah Jane Wilson - Lismore & Far North Coast, Ballina-Byron Family Day Care

Corinne Bell - Newcastle, Maitland & Hunter, Upper Hunter Family Day Care

Kaylene Milligan - Port Macquarie & Mid North Coast, Mid Coast Family Day Care

Valerie Hume - Tamworth & North West, Armidale and District Family Day Care

Samantha King - Tumut, Southern Highlands & Snowy, Wingecarribee Family Day Care

Stephanie White - Wagga Wagga & Riverina, South West Regional Family Day Care

Sabrina Kelly - Wollongong, Illawarra & South Coast, Early Years Care

Northern Territory

Cecile Miel - Darwin, Kentish Family Day Care

Narieta Tinaikulabu - Alice Springs, Alice Springs Family Day Care


Sharon Rasmussen - Brisbane North/Sunshine Coast, Empowered Family Day Care Service

Ranna Raval - Brisbane South, Wynnum Family Day Care

Jane Edwards - Brisbane West/Ipswich/Boonah, Building Futures Care

Jasmine Sheridan - Cairns & Far North, Cassowary Coast Family Day Care

Bharti Dhillon - Logan/Redlands/Gold Coast, Beaucare Family Day Care

Janelle Crook - Rockhampton/Central Qld, Excellence In Care Family Day Care Scheme

Georgette Ahfock - Toowoomba/Darling Downs/Somerset/Lockyer, Choices Family Day Care

Alysha McNeill - Townsville/Northern Qld, Enhance Family Day Care - Townsville & Regions

Norma Hastings - Wide Bay/Hervey Bay/Maryborough, Gin Gin Family Day Care

South Australia

Ali Barry Fleming - Adelaide, North Metro Family Day Care Scheme

Merrilyn Hannaford - Adelaide Hills & Barossa, Hills Murraylands Family Day Care Scheme

Susan Ann Hillyer - Mt Gambier & Limestone Coast, South East Riverland Family Day Care Scheme

Amye Zander - Riverland & Murray Mallee, Hills Murraylands Family Day Care Scheme

Tara Utting - Whyalla & Eyre Peninsula, Eastern Eyre Family Day Care Scheme


Heather Walters - Devonport & North West, Coastal Family Day Care

Karen Millhouse - Hobart & South, Northern Children's Network Family Day Care & In Home Care

Tamara Warland - Launceston & North, Northern Children's Network Family Day Care & In Home Care


Zenaida Ternola - Bayside & South Eastern Suburbs, Wyndham Early Learning Family Day Care

Aneta Maccarone - CBD & Inner Suburbs, Whittlesea Family Day Care

Junting Chen - Eastern Suburbs, Foundations Family Day Care

Maria Tan - Northern Suburbs, bestchance Family Day Care

Kumudini Kurukulasuriya - Western Suburbs, Moreland Family Day Care

Martha Smith - Bairnsdale & Gippsland, Baw Baw Shire Family Day Care

Melissa Dreger - Ballarat & Central Highlands, City of Ballarat Family Day Care

Sheridan Chandler - Bendigo, Goldfields & Macedon Ranges, Mt Alexander Family Day Care

Tania Locke - Geelong & Great Ocean Road, City of Greater Geelong Family Day Care

Simone Mcfarlane - Mildura & Murray, Mildura Family Day Care

Christine Daws - Shepparton & Goulburn Valley, Kids Individual Daycare Solutions

Anne Bell - Traralgon & La Trobe Valley, Baw Baw Shire Family Day Care

Danielle Kennedy - Yarra Valley & High Country, Kids Individual Daycare Solutions

Western Australia

Isis Dorado - CBD, Inner & Western Suburbs, Community Vision Family Day Care

Narelle Thredgold - Eastern Suburbs, Nature Alliance Family Day Care

Leanne Dowsett - Fremantle & Southern Suburbs, Nature Alliance Family Day Care

Paula-Marie Dawson - Northern Suburbs & Joondalup, Elite Family Day Care

Louise Martin - Rockingham & Kwinana, Elite Family Day Care

Caroline Boocock - Albany & Great Southern, Nature Alliance Family Day Care

Perrine Breheret - Broome & Kimberley, Willi Wag Tails Family Day Care Services

Cassandra Dennison - Bunbury & South West, Nature Alliance Family Day Care

Patricia Boyd - Geraldton, Gascoyne & Midwest, Nature Alliance Family Day Care

Julie Belhamine - Kalgoorie, Goldfields & Esperance, Nature Alliance Family Day Care

Elissa Kalleske - Mandurah & Peel, Community Vision Family Day Care

Cassandra Duckworth - Northam & Wheatbelt, Willi Wag Tails Family Day Care Services

Sara Blattner- Port Hedland, Karratha & Pilbara, Ngala Family Day Care Service