Pictured: Winner of the 2016 Early Childhood of the Teacher of the Year, Meagan Hull.
2016 Winners announced for the Victorian Early Years Awards
Meagan Hull of Bentons Square Kindergarten in Mornington was awarded the 2016 Early Childhood Teacher of the Year.
Known for her commitment to early education and her life-changing work with children with additional learning needs, Megan received the honour at the 2016 Victorian Early Years Awards at the National Gallery of Victoria.
The awards, now in their 11th year, recognise exceptional contributions that individuals and organisations make to improving the learning and development of young children and supporting their families.
2016 Victorian Early Years Awards Winners:
• Early Childhood Teacher of the Year Award: Meagan Hull, Bentons Square Kindergarten, Mornington
• Improving Access and Participation in Early Learning Award: East Sunshine Kindergarten Early Childhood Access and Participation Project (ECAP), East Sunshine Kindergarten, with the Victorian Foundation for the Survivors of Torture
• 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
• Promoting Children’s Health and Wellbeing Award: A holistic approach to improving community health outcomes at Jindi Kindergarten, Goodstart Early Learning and partner agencies
• Minister’s Award: Coaching Koorie Kids – Early Years Health Promotion, Victorian Aboriginal Health Service and partner agencies.
Winners in each of the categories receive $15,000 to support the development of their program. The Early Childhood Teacher of the Year receives $10,000 for their professional development.
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2016 Award Categories
Award category 1: Improving access and participation in early learning
This award is presented to an initiative or program that demonstrated outstanding achievement promoting access and ongoing participation and engagement in early learning, particularly for vulnerable and disadvantaged families.
Award category 2: Supporting parents to build their capacity and confidence
This award is presented to a service or partnership initiative that demonstrated outstanding achievement supporting parents and carers to feel confident and capable in their parenting role and actions, and to have recognised their role as first teachers in supporting their child's learning and development.
Award category 3: Creating collaborative community partnerships
This award is presented to a service or program that demonstrated outstanding achievements on how their partnership uses and promotes collaborative practice to support and demonstrate positive outcomes for children and families.
Award category 4: Promoting children's health and wellbeing
This award is presented to an organisation or initiative that has demonstrated outstanding achievement promoting children's health and wellbeing.
Award category 5: Early childhood teacher of the year
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 developement and delivery of high quality early childhood education programs and/or achieved significant improvements in children's learning and development outcomes.
Early childhood development is at the heart of the Victorian Government's vision for the Education State, and the Victorian Early Years Awards are an opportunity to recognise services that are leading the way to achieving this important goal.
Winners in categories 1,2,3 and 4 will receive $15,000 to further develop and share the learnings of their inovative approach, while the winner in the Early Childhood Teacher of the Year category will receive $10,000 to support their professional development goals.
If you have any questions about the Victorian Early Years Awards, please email
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For more information about the winners in 2015, see:
Early Years Awards 2015 winners.