The co-ordinator of a Coleraine children’s centre has expressed her joy at winning a maor honour at the 2014 Ni4kids Family Awards.
Anthea Ridley from the Playhouse Activity Centre in Coleraine received the Childcare of the Year Award sponsored by Tinies NI at a gala ceremony in Belfast City Hall.
A thrilled Anthea said: “Thank you to all the parents who nominated me.
“My reward is working with such amazing families and I go to work with a smile every day.”
The Ni4kids Family Awards in association with The OUTLET Village, Banbridge celebrate the organisations and individuals across Northern Ireland who put families with young children first.
Anthea has nutured hundreds of local children through the Playhouse - and she was deservedly nominated for the award by the parents’ committee, who wanted her hard work to recognised externally.
There were hundreds of nominations for the award which is for a nursery, childminder or healthcare professional who constantly goes above and beyond their normal duties creating a safe and loving environment for children.
Sarah Cook of Tinies NI who sponsored this category said: “Congratulations to Anthea and well done to all the finalists in “Child-carer of the Year award”. All of these dedicated professionals who care for our children deserve our thanks and this special recognition. The compassion and commitment they bring to their jobs are truly appreciated. The Child Care of the Rear award is a good way to recognise some of their accomplishments. “