Recognising Queensland’s Early Childhood Educators Page Image Image CaptionEducating Kids, Kirwan Educator Julie Amaral (centre) Page ContentAssistant educator Julie Amaral, from Kirwan in Townsville, has been working in early childhood education for 20 years – about as long as she's been a mother.As Queensland celebrates Early Childhood Educators' Day, she's more enthusiastic about her job than ever and is about to embark on a Diploma course to enhance her skills within the Early Childhood Education and Care sector. "I love to go to my centre every day and see the delight on the children's faces as I engage with them," explained Julie. "I've been working here in a nursery setting getting more involved in programming and working with the lead educator and it is this diverse experience that has given me confidence to enhance my qualifications further." Early Childhood Educators' Day, which is organised by the Australian Childcare Alliance, takes place on 4 September. It's a special day for the community to thank all educators for the wonderful work that they do in nurturing young Queenslanders and giving them a great start to life. "It's such an honour to be a part of the industry and I wouldn't change it. I am proud to be an educator," concluded Julie. To commemorate the day, Early Childhood Educators are encouraged to post photos on their centre's social media pages using the hashtags #LoveMyECE and #EarlyChildhoodEducatorsDay, with prizes on offer for posts.Find out more at early childhood educators day prizes.