Carolyn Doungmanee was nominated for G8 Education's awards program

FINALIST: Kelso educator Carolyn Doungmanee made it to the finals of recent childcare awards. Photo: SUPPLIED

FINALIST: Kelso educator Carolyn Doungmanee made it to the finals of recent childcare awards. Photo: SUPPLIED

A LOCAL educator has been recognised as a standout in her occupation.

Carolyn Doungmanee, who works at the Nurture One Kelso Children’s Centre, made it to the finals of G8 Education’s national Educator Awards program, though she lost to Mel Hendry, of the Bluebird Early Learning Centre in Empire Bay, in the finals for NSW.

The awards were announced late Wednesday.  

Organisers said they had received more than 3000 nominations for six awards. 

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Amanda Constable of the Creative Garden Early Learning Centre Sinnamon Park was the winner from Queensland and Hayley Miller of the Great Beginnings Butler won the award for Western Australia/South Australia.

Vicky Parker of the First Grammar Gumnut Drive and Stephanie James of the Casa Bambini Coburg were the winners from Victoria.

Nicole Gaby of the Creative Garden Early Learning Centre was declared the winner from NSW/Australian Capital Territory.

G8 Education general manager operations Jason Ball said the recognition was testament to all six educators’ dedication to providing superior learning and development outcomes for local children.

“The Standout Educator Awards highlight the special contribution these educators make to the lives of the children in their care,” Mr Ball said.