Nominations open for 2012 B.C. Child Care Awards of Excellence

VICTORIA – Do you know an exceptional family child-care provider, early childhood educator or innovative individual who consistently goes above and beyond in their role of helping young children grow and learn?

Does your local government make a positive difference by supporting child-care excellence in your community? If so, nominate them for an award of excellence today.

Nominations for the 2012 B.C. Child Care Awards of Excellence open today. Every year, the Ministry of Children and Family Development celebrates outstanding individuals, local governments, facilities and organizations delivering exceptional service to B.C.’s children and families.

The ministry will honour individuals and organizations in four categories:

* General (four regional awards): For Early Childhood Educators (ECEs) with an active licence to practice or licensed family child-care providers currently working in a licensed child-care setting.
* Aboriginal (two awards): One award for an ECE of Aboriginal descent currently working in a licensed child-care setting or an Aboriginal organization currently offering care to Aboriginal children. This award category also includes the Lenora Pritchard Award of Excellence to honour outstanding leadership and mentorship by an Aboriginal child-care provider.
* Innovation (two awards): One for an individual and one for a facility or organization demonstrating innovation in child-care programming in a traditional or non-traditional setting.
* Local Government (two awards): Honours local governments that demonstrate leadership in the development of initiatives, projects or programs that support the delivery of high-quality child care.

Contributions by individuals and organizations nominated in the General, Aboriginal and Innovation categories will be assessed on their achievements in four areas: supporting child development, supporting diversity, involving parents, families and communities and leadership in the child-care sector. Nominees in the Local Government category will be assessed on commitment and leadership, staff engagement, policy integration and investment.

Nominations will be accepted until March 5, 2012. Winners will be announced in May, which is Child Care Month in B.C.