Our Wiedewei colleague Carola is Pedagogical Professional of the year 2019! Marike Vroom, editor-in-chief of the Kinderopvang trade magazine, announced this at the Opening Event Week of the Young Child on Friday 5 April. Carola was given preference over the two other nominees by the jury, the visitors to the conference and the online voters on kinderopvangtotaal.nl.

Ambassador of the trade
The prize that Carola has won with this includes a Quebble communication package, a figurine and a training voucher worth € 650. In addition, this year she is an ambassador of the profession as a Pedagogical Professional! Her goal is to put green childcare even more on the map.

What does the jury say about Carola?
The jury says the following about Carola: 'Carola is a green professional, both within her own organization and beyond. It integrates green childcare and working in nature at the location (s). Apart from the 'green' aspect, Carola really has a vision of childcare and the current developments that are taking place there. Carola is someone who looks at the possibilities and challenges. She knows how to convey ideas and thus reaches all levels of the organization. As a result, she has also been given her management in the development of green childcare. She sets an example for her colleagues and creates awareness in them in a naturally spontaneous way with humor. In addition, she enters into discussions with parents, with green childcare as a guideline. In this way she creates support among parents and removes prejudices. '

The jurors
The jury consisted of Mariëtte Hamer (SER) (chairman), Ivy Koopmans (deputy chairman, SER), Louis Tavecchio, Betsy van de Grift, Sharon Gesthuizen (BMK), Magda Heijtel (BK), Elsbeth Post (Childcare Academy), Gjalt Jellesma (BOinK), Maaike van Tuyll (director Childcare Ministry SZW), Marijke Schuurkes (chairman PPINK) and Marike Vroom (editor-in-chief Kinderopvang). The initiative for this election came from the PPINK professional association and the Kinderopvangtotaal trade journal. The plan is to organize the election annually from now on.

We are of course extremely proud that we can call our colleague Pedagogical Professional of the year 2019. Congratulations Carola!