Blacktown’s award winning educator

Published on 14 November 2017

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Four Kids’ Early Learning Family Day Care educators have been recognised for excellence in caring for local children in the Family Day Care Australia Excellence Awards.

Ms Pooja Gujral, who has been with Kids’ Early Learning Family Day Care in Blacktown since April 2014, was a Regional Winner.

Ms Gujral said she was excited and honoured to have been recognised as a Regional Winner.

“It’s an acknowledgment of my passion and commitment for family day care - receiving this award is extra motivation for me to continue the great work that we do,” said Ms Gujral.

Three other Kids’ Early Learning educators were nominated: Ms Marie Bastian, (an educator in Plumpton since 2004), Ms Shelley Jacobs, (an educator in Seven Hills  since January 2017) and Ms Shanaz Rhaman (a Family Day Care educator for the past nine years).

“It shows people really appreciate what I’m doing,” said Ms Bastian, who was a Regional Winner award in 2014.

“There’s not a day that goes by that I don’t get a compliment on how wonderful the children are. I really I love my job:  I’ll never give it up,” she said.

Ms Jacobs was equally thrilled to have been nominated, saying: “I was especially honoured that I was nominated by one of the parents of the children I look after - it means so much to me to have this recognition for my work.”

Ms Rahman said “I am so grateful to be nominated and I appreciate that families have recognised my efforts. I am thankful for the support from Kids' Early Learning Family Day Care”.



Kids’ Early Learning is owned and operated by Blacktown City Council and currently has over 1,900 children across 25 centres making it one of the largest childcare operations in NSW.

It offers families a range of programs and services, including Family Day Care - which is a quality home based service, where educators provide care and education for small groups of children aged between six weeks to 12 years.

Family Day Care educators operate and are assessed under the Education and Care Services National Regulation, National Quality Framework, National Quality Standards, and Early Years Learning Framework.

According to the Family Day Care Australia website, family day care accounts for 12 per cent of Australia's early childhood education and care sector with more than 17,000 educators helping to grow and shape the lives of more than 125,000 children around the country.

Photo Caption: Blacktown award-winning family day care educator Pooja Gujral.

Media Contacts:
Communications Unit, Blacktown City Council
Angela Ranke – 9839 6564
Alan Gale – 9389 6409
(phones divert to mobiles after hours)