Belfast Telegraph

Thursday 23 October 2014

Childminder of the year

At the launch of the 2008 Cow & Gate Childminder of the Year Award on the beach at Crawfordsburn Park were Alison Hanna of sponsors Cow & Gate with children from Bangor (left - right): Christopher Moffett, Rebekah Monaghan, Andrew Monaghan, Finn Robinson and Lainey Hanna. Nomination forms are available from NICMA, tel 028 9181 1015 or from Duffy Rafferty Communications, tel 028 9073 0880 or by emailing naomi@duffyrafferty.com. The closing date for receipt of the completed forms is Friday October 17th 2008 and the finals of the award will take place in November. The winner will receive the title of Cow & Gate Childminder of the Year along with an engraved Tyrone Crystal trophy and a cheque for 500. The nominator of the winner will also receive a cheque for 100.

Cow & Gate is on the lookout for a very special local childminder to scoop its Childminder of the Year award, in association with the Northern Ireland Childminding Association (NICMA).

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 naomi@duffyrafferty.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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