Winners of the C&K Excellence and Innovation Awards | C&K - childcare and kindergarten

Winners of the C&K Excellence and Innovation Awards

These awards, now in their fourth year, build on the foundations of the C&K Sustainability Awards which were first held back in 2012 in conjunction with the Environment and Heritage Protection Agency.


This year’s awards focused on some key themes around C&K culture and how we embrace both our branch and affiliate services, the transitioning process for children moving from C&K services to schools and the celebration of our ‘next generation’ – the children in our care.


They recognised where our C&K employees and services in all corners of the state go above and beyond with outstanding practice in their workplace – where their actions help to sustain people, place and culture in early childhood education.


Sustainability is a key cornerstone of how we do things at C&K.


When we think about sustainability, most people probably think about the environment.  It is that, but it is also so much more that we honor through these awards.

It’s about sustaining the integrity of people and their sense of place and culture and it’s about how innovative practice can make a real difference to achieving positive results.


Over the past 12 months we’ve had so many great examples of this in action at C&K services, indeed over the past 107 years.

What we are doing differently in 2015 is articulating more clearly where we are and where we want to be as the leading organization in Queensland in the education and care of young children.


This year we have launched C&K’s Strategic Plan for 2014-2017, which is the cornerstone for what we will achieve going forward.

And sustainability is a big part of our vision.


We are seeking to improve utilisation of all C&K service types across the organisation and to do it in a sustainable way to ensure sustainability of C&K itself.

We also want to increase awareness of C&K and the sustainable contribution it makes to the early childhood sector.


We want to continue to deliver quality education and achieve quality sustainable outcomes.

And you, the educators and carers, help us to do that every day and on behalf of the C&K Board I thank you for that.


The C&K Excellence and Innovation Award winners are:

Pedagogy and Practice - C&K Alma Street, Gympie

Customer Service - Tania Holmes, Grants Coordinator, Central

Emerging Educator - Laylee Armstrong, C&K Burketown Community Kindergarten

Service Management - Sue O'Brien, C&K Caloundra Community Childcare 

Safety Leadership - Will Jones, ECA Cairns and Cape York

Inclusive Practice - C&K Perigian Springs

Service Leadership - C&K Bribie Island

Professor Mary Mahoney AO Excellence Award - Will Jones