Working for better children’s communities

NETWORKERS: Members of the Better Communities for Children Leadership Network at Friday’s photo shoot were (from back, left) Christine Leatham, Jenny Brown, Sue Arndt, Fran Cummins, Nicola Lovett, Marg Attley, Lyn Holland, Stephanie Zammit, Sharon Howlett, Paul Volkering, Kerstie Lee, Sue Binzer Jones, Kirsten Lingard and Collette Clark; (front) Dion Hall, Dan Purcell, Paul Wood and Michelle Wood.

MANSFIELD Shire’s ‘Better Communities for Children Leadership Network’ (BCLN) has been named as a finalist in the Victorian Early Years Awards for 2014.

The Early Years Awards, through the Department of Education and Early Childhood Development (DEECD) recognise outstanding achievements by those in the early childhood sector.

Announced as one of the finalists in the category ‘Communities that are more family and child friendly’, a photographer from DEECD spent several hours in town on Friday photographing and interviewing group representatives for a presentation at the awards announcement in October.

Shire community services manager Louise Knol said the Early Years Awards recognise outstanding achievements by those in the early childhood sector.

“The awards celebrate exceptional programs, services and partnerships that improve the health, learning, development and wellbeing of Victorian children from birth to eight years and their families,” Ms Knol said.

The Early Years Awards 2014 will be presented at a ceremony during National Children’s Week this year, October 18-26.

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