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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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.

2017 award nominations have now closed

Nominations are now being assessed by a panel of early childhood experts. Shortlisted applicants will be contacted over the coming weeks.

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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Contact us

If you have any questions about the Victorian Early Years Awards, please email: early.years.awards@edumail.vic.gov.au or call (03) 8392 5064.