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With eight of our current educators recently nominated by the community as a worthy recipient of the Best Childcare Worker title, MMCNQ would like to congratulate every nominee for their contribution to the early childhood industry.

Collectively the nominees have over 51 years’ experience in the industry and 16.5 years with MMCNQ. 

Each of the nominees were asked to share what was a highlight of their career, and it is evident that the passion and commitment is why these deserving educators were nominated by their community. 

‘’The children make it worth it. Their smiles and hugs each afternoon make my day 100 times better. I love developing a fun relationship with the children and I love pushing them to their very best.’’

‘’Making lifetime friendships with colleagues and families. I enjoy watching children play as it gives them a sense of who they are and builds on their friendships as well as develops important life skills.’’

‘’The privilege of working with some incredible children and their families, some of whom have become lifelong friends.’’

‘’My father is a school teacher and watching him work, gaining satisfaction and witnessing his passion for his job made me want to work in the education sector.’’ 

The winner of the best childcare worker award, Jessica Hammond, began her career at St Mary MacKillop Early Learning Centre nine years ago where she still enjoys working with children and families. 

“I am passionate about my job. A lot of people may think an Educator’s role is just babysitting! Our job isn’t just playing with children all day, it’s so much more than that. Educators play a major role in the children’s early learning years.

The children make the day special with all sorts of questions and reactions like “Miss Jess why do you have lipstick on today?” and “I love your pretty nails”. It’s amazing how much they notice, and are not afraid to ask questions.”

The team at MMCNQ are committed to developing trusting and respectful relationships between educators and children, and providing an environment where interactions with each child are warm and responsive and build trust.

With a number of positions currently available for educators, Kindergarten Teachers, and OSHC Coordinators throughout the Townsville Diocese, we invite applicants to join our team. For more information on how you can join MMCNQ please visit our careers section at