Leongatha local wins award for community engagement

Leongatha local Natasha Davis' award is a testament to the wonderful care and education provided to children in Leongatha. Photo: Contributed.

A PASSIONATE advocate for integration and unity, Natasha Davis, has been recognised for excellence as an educator in community engagement in G8 Education’s annual awards.

Ms Davis was awarded ‘2023 Regional Stand-Out Educator in Community Engagement’ for her efforts at Brown Street Children’s Centre in Leongatha.

Ms Davis, who started working at G8 Education in 2019, said the award acknowledged her work to teach children that “caring for your community will make the world a better place”.

“Since I began working here, it’s been my mission to make sure we build strong relationships with families and the broader community,” Ms Davis said. “Our community is what keeps us going.”

G8 Education chief people and transformation officer, Tabitha Pearson, said the company, Australia’s second largest provider of quality early learning and care, held the annual awards to honour excellence and effective leadership.

“We provide free online learning modules for staff, which relate directly to community engagement and how to promote this in an early childhood centre,” Ms Pearson said.

“Over the years, Natasha has gone above and beyond to ensure community connections are strengthened, including organising a weekend event where she invited local traders into the centre and hosted a community market.

“It’s our philosophy at G8 Education to encourage our child care centres to look at ways to connect with small local businesses and other community-based initiatives whilst playing an important role in the development of young children.”

If you are looking for a childcare centre with strong community spirit, contact G8 Education about 2024 enrolments which are now open. Families can find out more at www.g8education.com.au