AFTER being told she couldn’t have children of her own, Diane Watters decided to care for other families’ kids.
Ms Watters now has a 17-year-old son but devotes much of her life to caring for other people’s children as a family daycare educator.
She is also the region’s best in the business, winning the local 2013 Excellence in Family Daycare Award.
Ms Watters said she thought the award win came down to her flexibility in providing care 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
“I do overnight care. I love working with children, because they are like sponges – they love to learn,” she said.
Prior to starting in early childhood education, Ms Watters said she worked in bookkeeping and administration.
Family Daycare Australia chief Carla Northam said she was overwhelmed by the heartfelt stories about the service provided by carers like Ms Watters.
“There is no greater responsibility than to be entrusted with the care and education of a young child, and every nomination reflected the importance parents place on the safe, nurturing and educational environment of family daycare,” she said.
“To be named the regional winner is recognition of Diane’s dedication to providing quality early childhood education. It also highlights the wonderful relationship between educators like Diane and the children in their care.”