Pictured: Winner of the 2016 Early Childhood of the Teacher of the Year, Meagan Hull.
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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 professionals that are leading the way to achieving this important goal.
The Awards celebrate the exceptional contributions that individuals and organisations make to improving the learning and development of young children and their families.
2017 award nominations now open
Our winners are everyday people just like you! They are committed, early childhood professionals working hard for Victorian children and their families.
To submit your nomination, see:
To view the 2017 nomination guidelines, see:
To view the endorsement forms, see:
Nominations close Monday 15 May 2017 at 5pm.
2017 Award categories
Nominate your initiative, program or project for one of these awards:
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.
- winners in categories 1 - 4 receive $15,000 towards their initiative, program or project
- the Early Childhood Teacher of the Year receives $10,000.