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.

2018 finalists announced

The finalists have been announced in the 2018 Victorian Early Years Awards.

Winners will be announced at the ceremony held at the National Gallery of Victoria, on Tuesday 23 October 2018.

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.

2018 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.

Category 6: The Emeritus Professor Collette Tayler Excellence in Educational Leadership Award

This is a new award for 2018. The award will be presented to an early childhood service or early years management (EYM) organisation that has significantly improved the quality of their learning and teaching practices over the past 18 months. The early childhood service or early years management (EYM) organisation needs to have demonstrated that they have supported their educators and teachers to use intentional teaching practices to achieve improved outcomes.

Award prizes

Award winners in categories 1, 2, 3 and 4 will receive:

  • $15,000 to support the further development of the initiative.

Award winners in category 5 will receive:

  • the opportunity to undertake professional development that focuses on and extends an area of their teaching
  • $10,000 to be used to cover course costs, travel, accommodation and staff replacement to participate in the professional learning activity.

Award winners in category 6 will receive:

  • the opportunity to undertake professional development that focuses on and extends their improvement as a service or early years management (EYM) organisation
  • $15,000 to be used to cover course costs, travel, accommodation and staff replacement to participate professional learning activities. 

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