Victorian Early Years Awards

The Victorian Early Years Awards celebrate the exceptional contributions that individuals and organisations make to improving the learning and development of young children and their families.

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Victorian Early Years Awards 2017

Speaker 1: Professor Joce Nuttal, Judge, Victorian Early Years Awards 2017

We hear a lot about the importance of early childhood education but I think it is a sector that is often overlooked, and I think this is just a time to pause and really recognise some of the excellent work that’s going on in a public way.

Speaker 2: Gill Callister, Secretary, Department of Education and Training

They play such a critical part in laying the foundations for the education of children into adulthood and for the rest of their lives, and it is a really crucial part of our whole education system.

Speaker 3: Rachel Webb, Early childhood teacher of the year

Never imagined that I would ever be in a position like this, to be recognised for the work that I do or even to feel that the work that I do is really, really that noticeable.

Speaker 4: The Hon Jenny Mikakos, Minister for Early Childhood Education

I think it is important that individuals are recognised for excellence. I think it is a wonderful opportunity for us to share innovation with each other.

Speaker 5: Kim Knersch, Wyndham City Council, Improving access and participation in early learning

It’s an accoldade, I mean it’s really what happens day to day that really makes a difference but it’s nice to be recognised by your peers and to share the joy.

Speaker 6: The Hon Jenny Mikakos, Minister for Early Childhood Education

I take this opportunity to congratulate all the finalists and all the winners on their outstanding work, on behalf of every parent and every family in Victoria, I just want to thank them and congratulate them for all their wonderful work.

What are the Early Years Awards?

Giving our children and young people the best start in life is at the heart of the Victorian Government’s vision for making Victoria the Education State.

Early childhood is the foundation for lifelong wellbeing and learning which is why we are committed to strengthening the services delivered to children and their families.

The Victorian Early Years Awards are an opportunity to recognise services and early childhood and professionals that are leading the way to achieving this important goal.

This year's ceremony was held on at the National Gallery of Victoria on Monday 23 October 2017.

2017 award winners have been announced 

Winners for the 2017 Victorian Early Years Awards have been announced. To see the complete list of shortlisted finalists, please see: 2017 Winners

2017 Award categories

Category 1: Improving Access and Participation in Early Learning Award

This award is presented to an initiative, program or project that demonstrates outstanding achievement promoting ongoing access, participation and engagement in early learning, particularly for vulnerable and disadvantaged families.

Category 2: Supporting Parents to Build Their Capacity and Confidence Award

This award is presented to an initiative, program or project that demonstrates outstanding achievement in supporting parents and carers to feel confident and capable in their parenting role and actions, and to recognise their role as the first and most important teachers in supporting their child’s learning and development.

Category 3: Creating Collaborative Community Partnerships Award

This award is presented to an initiative, program or project that demonstrates outstanding achievements on how community partnership promotes a collaborative practice to support and demonstrate positive outcomes for children and families.

Category 4: Promoting Children’s Health and Wellbeing Award

This award is presented to an initiative, program or project that has demonstrated outstanding achievement promoting children's health and wellbeing.

Category 5: Early Childhood Teacher of the Year Award

This award is presented to an early childhood teacher who has demonstrated exemplary innovation and exemplary practice in early childhood education, made a significant contribution to the development and delivery of high quality early childhood education programs and/or achieved significant improvements in children's learning and development outcomes.

Award prizes

  • Winners in categories 1 - 4 receive $15,000 towards their initiative, program or project
  • The Early Childhood Teacher of the Year receives $10,000.  

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