Millie Birkic a 'local champion' for 28 years at Camden Preschool Kindergarten

Millie Birkic has been working for 28 years at Camden Preschool Kindergarten and now she is being celebrated as a local champion educator.

As Director and Educator of the preschool, Mrs Birkic has gone above and beyond in her role to reach and teach children in her care, according to her community.

Champion educator: Camden Preschool Educator Millie Birkic was nominated by her peers as a "local champion" for putting children's needs first over the past 28 years. Picture: Supplied

Champion educator: Camden Preschool Educator Millie Birkic was nominated by her peers as a "local champion" for putting children's needs first over the past 28 years. Picture: Supplied

She said she was "humbled" to be recognised by her peers.

"What I tell my staff is that we make a difference - that's what I truly believe," Mrs Birkic told the Advertiser.

"When the children leave at the end of the year, I believe we've made a difference to their start at 'big school'."

Camden Preschool is a not-for-profit organisation and has been operating - with the help of a volunteer parent management board - for 55 years.

"The place is fantastic, we're really lucky, and our children are really lucky to have the environment we do. We have a massive outdoor environment that the kids can enjoy," she said.

"Everything we do is geared towards keeping the preschool going, making it new and exciting and up-to-date."

Camden Preschool cares for up to 100 children per week, aged four to five years old.

"The staff here are all very dedicated and all the families we have here are very happy with the work we do with the children," Mrs Birkic said.

One of her favourite experiences was when former pupils came back to visit.

"One of my past families popped in to say hello the other day and the children were in Year 6 and half way through high school," she said.

"If a family comes to you early enough you can have the whole family of children, and we tend to assign the one educator to that family - so you get excited when they come back.

"I have now seen two of our younger mummies and daddies who we used to care for when they were children, come back to us with their own children, which is wonderful."