At the launch of this year's award, Cow & Gate's Alison Hanna invited parents from across the province to nominate their registered childminder (who must be a member of NICMA).
As well as the title, and a Tyrone Crystal trophy, there's also a first prize of £500.
And, along with the main prize, there will be five runners up prizes of £50 each along with a trophy, while the nominator of the winner will receive a £100 thank you from Cow & Gate.
“Much of the work of a childminder goes unheralded," says Alison.
“Cow & Gate aims to rectify that through the Childminder of the Year Award, acknowledging the work of NICMA registered professionals and rewarding the best of them.”
Nomination forms are available from NICMA (tel: 028 9181 1015), from Duffy Rafferty Communications (tel: 028 9073 0880) or by emailing email@example.com.
The closing date for receipt of the completed forms is Friday, October 17, and the finals of the award will take place in November.
Last year's winner was Coleraine-based childminder, Annie Donaghy, from Ballyrashane.
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