The Hills-based child care centres are well represented in the 2013 Australian Child Care Week Awards.
Fit Kidz Early Learning Centres in Dural’s south and north are finalists, as are Gracelands Early Education Centre in Kellyville and Hillsong Child Care centre for their programs during child care week.
Activities around the theme ‘Connecting with parents and community’ were held in June with a focus on children’s safety, nutrition, the environment, community, family and nurturing creativity.
Many services held activities that actively involved the children’s families and wider community.
The winners will be announced on Saturday, September 7.
Local finalists are:
■ Clovel Early Learning Centre, Castle Hill - Best confident kids activity or program.
■ Castle Grove Early Learning Centre - Best confident kids activity or program, Best multicultural activity or program.
■ Rouse Hill Pre-School Kindergarten - Best public relations and media program.
■ Norwest Child Care Centre - Best activity during Australian Child Care Week, Best one day program, Best program involving families.
■ Hillsong Child Care Centre - Best multicultural activity or program.
■ Gracelands Early Education Centre, Kellyville - Best program highlighting children’s safety, Best sustainability activity or program.
■ Fit Kidz Learning Centre, Dural South - Best overall NSW metropolitan child care week program, Outstanding contribution by a team.
■ Fit Kidz Learning Centre, Dural North - Best overall NSW metropolitan child care week program, Best program involving families.