2021 Victorian Early Years Awards are now open
There are seven award categories with winners in each category receiving a grant of up to $15,000 for professional development or to support their initiative. The finalists in each category are also eligible to win the prestigious Minister’s Award, selected by the Minister for Early Childhood.
Anyone can nominate, so recognise an early childhood teacher, educational leader, early childhood service or organisation that is making a difference through leadership or innovation by nominating them for an award.
Start your nomination today
- Applications open: Monday 3 May 2021
- Closing date has been extended to 11.59pm Thursday 24 June 2021
- Awards ceremony: Wednesday 10 November 2021
For information on nominating, refer to:
VEYA Information Pack
VEYA Terms and Conditions
You can also contact the Early Years Awards team at
2021 award categories
Nominate yourself, your initiative or project for one of these awards:
Category 1: Improving Access and Participation in Early Learning
Category 2: Supporting Parents to Build Their Capacity and Confidence
This award recognises one or more early childhood services and/or organisations that are taking action to support families, parents and carers to feel confident and capable in their parenting role and recognises their role as the first and most important teachers in supporting their child’s learning and development.
Category 3: Creating Collaborative Community Partnerships
Category 4: Promoting Children's Health and Wellbeing
Category 5: Continuity of Early Learning
Category 6: Early Childhood Teacher of The Year
Category 7: The Emeritus Professor Collette Tayler Excellence in Educational Leadership Award