Past Winners

​​​Victorian Early Years Awards Winners

2016 Winners​

Improving access and participation in early learning ​

​East Sunshine Kindergarten; Early Childhood Access and Participation Project (ECAP)

Supporting parents to build their capacity and confidence award

Family Early Learning Partnership (FELP), Hume City Council and partner agencies

Creating collaborative community partnerships award 

A collaborative response to family violence in the East, Eastern community legal centre and partner agencies 

Early childhood teacher of the year award

​Meagan Hull, Bentons Square Kindergarten, Mornington 

Minister's award

Coaching Koorie Kids - Early years health promotion, Victorian Aboriginal Health Service and partner agencies 

​2015 Winners​

Better access to child and family support, health services, schools and early education and care services  

​Boorais and Beyond: Hume City Council in partnership with Hume Early Years Partnership and Broadmeadows Valley Primary School 

Improvement in parents' capacity, confidence and enjoyment of family life

Best Beginnings: Psychiatric services Bendigo Health in partnership with Maternity services Bendigo Health 

Communities that are more family and child friendly 

Family Health in Playgroups: City of Greater Dandenong in partnership with South East Melbourne Medicare Local (SEMML) (Funder), City of Greater Dandenon Maternal and Child Health and Children's Services, City of Dandenong Youth Services, City of Greater Dandenong - Community Hubs in Schools sites, Dandenong and District Aborigines Co-Operative Limited (DDACL) and AMES - Mums and Bubs Group ​

Oustanding leadership for health and wellbeing 

​Heart of Corangamite Network: Corangamite Shire Council in partnership with South West Primary Care Partnership, Terang and Mortlake Health Service, Timboon District Health Service, South West Health Care, Beaufort and Skipton Health Service, Cobden District Health Services.

Early Childhood teacher of the year 

Clare Day - Audrey Brooks Memorial Preschool 

Highly Commended - Mel Simpson - Clarendon Children's Centre

Minister's Award - Improvements in parent's capacity, confidence and enjoyment of family life 

Bumps to Babes and Beyond: QEC in partnership with Mallee District Aboriginal Services 

2014 Winners 

Better access to child and family support, health services, schools and early education and care services 

​​Swan Hill Rural City Council The Family Friendly Rooms: supporting transitions and belonging 

Improvements in parents' capacity, confidence and enjoyment of family life 

City of Ballarat Parent Place:  a volunteer-led information, resource and drop-in centre 

Highly Commended: Connections Uniting Care Chinese Family Services 

Communities that are more family and child friendly  ​

Mansfield Shire Council: Better Communities for Children Leadership Network 

Minister's Award​ Winner 

VICSEG New Futures Wyndham Refugee Family Resource and Mentoring Program

​2013 Winners 

Better access to child and family support, health services, schools and early education and care services

Mahogany Rise Child and Family Centre - A Journey to Access and Inclusion: Frankston City Council​

Improvements in parents' capacity, confidence and enjoyment of family life

​Our Time: Northern Area Mental Health Service

Communities that are more family and child friendly

​Engaging Children in Decision Making - A Guide For Consulting Children: The Cities of Ballarat, Brimbank, Maribyrnong, Melton, and Wyndham​

Minister's Award

​Working Together Innovation Initiative - Maternal and Child Health and the South East Family Services Alliance : The Cities of Casey and Greater Dandenong and the Shire of Cardinia​

2012 Winners 

Better access to child and family support, health services, schools and early education and care services

City of Greater Dandenong: Reaching Out

Improvements in parents’ capacity, confidence and enjoyment of family Life

​CentaCare: Tarrengower Playgroup

Communities that are more family and child friendly

​South Gippsland Shire Counci: Cook ‘n’ Book, Venus Bay Community Centre

Minister's award

​Maryborough District Health Service: Central Goldfields Conversation Companions Oral Language Project

2011 Winners 

Better access to child and family support, health services and early education and care services

Portland Early Assessment Referral Links, Glenelg Shire Council

Improvements in parents' capacity, confidence and enjoyment of family life

​Boorais in Hume, Hume City Council

Communities that are more child and family friendly

​Little GreenLeaves: Early Years Sustainability Program, Knox City Council

Minister’s Award

​The Braybrook Family Inclusive Language and Learning Support Program, Maribyrnong and Moonee Valley Local Learning and Employment Network​

2010 Winners 

Better Access to Early Years Services

Springvale Service for Children : An Integrated Service​

Partnerships with Families and Communities

​Wathaurong Aboriginal Co-operative, Mingo Waloom Aboriginal Best Start: Koori Kinda Kit​

Minister’s Award : Better Access to Early Years Services

​Darebin Community Health: Darebin Best Start, Promoting Oral Language in Kindergartens

Minister’s Award : Partnerships with Families and Communities

​Centre for Community Child Health, Royal Children's Hospital: From Research to Practice: Improving Infant Sleep Patterns and Maternal Mental Health​

2009 Winners 

Better Access to Early Years Services Award

​Djillay Lidji Best Start Partnership

​Partnerships with Families and Communities Award

Joint Winner: Reading Early and Learning Together in Greater Shepparton - Greater Shepparton City Council

​Joint Winner: Birthday Postcard Project - Moorabool Shire Council

Minister for Children and Early Childhood Development Award

​Support for Playgroups Affected by Bushfire - Playgroup Victoria​

2008 Winners 

Better access to child and family support, health services and early education

Early Learning Centre @ Rosewall - City of Greater Geelong

Improvements in parents' capacity, confidence and enjoyment of family

Building Bridges through Supported Playgroups - Knox City Council

Communities that are becoming more family and child friendly

Celebrating families and children - Mt Alexander Community Children’s Network

Minister for Children and Early Childhood Development's Award

Welcome Baby to Country Ceremony - Barenji Gadjin Land Council​

​2007 Winners 

Better access to child and family support, health services and early education

​Laverton Community Children's Centre:  A great start for the children in our community​

Improvements in parents' capacity, confidence and enjoyment of family

​Yooralla : " What about the Dads!" - Supported playgroups for fathers of children with a disability ​

Communities that are more family and child friendly

City of Greater Bendigo: Bendigo's Child Friendly City 

​​2006 Winners 

​Better access to child and family support, health services and early education

​Bannockburn Family Services Centre 

Improving parents’ confidence and enjoyment of family life

​Corio Bay Senior College Child Care Centre

Creating more family and child-friendly communities

​City of Wodonga


Minister’s Award

​Grace Park Preschool and Kalparrin Early Intervention Centre, Greensborough