2016 Victorian Early Years Awards are now open
Are you part of an exciting initiative that is improving outcomes for young children?
Are you a dedicated early childhood teacher that is making a difference to the children in your kindergarten community?
The Victorian Early Years Awards recognise leadership, outstanding achievement, exceptional dedication, and innovation in improving outcomes for children from birth to eight years and their families.
The awards celebrate exceptional initiatives and early childhood teachers who are committed to giving children the best start in life by strengthening the services delivered to parents and children.
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 innovative approach, while the winner in the Early Childhood Teacher of the Year category will receive $10,000 to support their professional development goals.
Previous award winners include:
- an early childhood teacher who was dedicated to supporting children experiencing vulnerability
- a collaboration between a local council, a primary school and the Aboriginal community that empowered families to improve engagement with and transition between services
- an innovative approach to supporting new parents experiencing feeding issues or anxiety.
There are many great initiatives in Victoria, and we want to hear about yours. Often dedicated and passionate professionals think that they are just doing their job, but really they are going above and beyond to make a difference to the lives of young children and their families.
Be sure to nominate before Friday 13 May.
Award categories in 2016
Following a review of the Victorian Early Years Awards in 2015, the award categories have been updated to better reflect current priorities. This year there are five award categories.
|Category 1 - Improving access and participation in early learning||For initiatives that promote access and ongoing participation in early learning, particularly for vulnerable and disadvantaged families. |
|Category 2 - Supporting parents to build their capacity and confidence||For initiatives that support parents and carers to feel confident and capable in their parenting role, and to recognise their role as first teachers in supporting their child’s learning and development.|
|Category 3 - Creating collaborative community partnerships||For partnerships that use and promote collaborative practice to support positive outcomes for children and families. |
Category 4 - Promoting children’s health and wellbeing||For initiatives that promote children’s health and wellbeing. For example, increasing access and participation in health and wellbeing initiatives, aligning practice with current health policies and creating healthy environments.|
|Category 5 - Early childhood teacher of the year||For early childhood teachers that demonstrate innovation and exemplary practice in early childhood education, and make a significant contribution to the development and delivery of quality early childhood education programs.|
How to nominate
- Download and read the award nomination guidelines:
Early Years Awards guidelines (docx - 226.85kb)
Early Years Awards guidelines (pdf - 312.2kb)
- Seek prior agreement from any partner organisations included in the nomination.
- Before commencing the online nomination form, download and save the relevant endorsement form:
Early Years Awards endorsement form - Categories 1 to 4 (docx - 88.24kb)
Early Years Awards endorsement form - Cateogry 5 (docx - 85.54kb)
- Visit the
2016 Victorian Early Years Awards nominations form to complete your nomination.
If you have any questions about the Victorian Early Years Awards, please email
firstname.lastname@example.org or call (03) 9651 3393.