2020 winners announced Winners of the 2020 Victorian Early Years Awards have been announced! In announcing the winners today, seven organisations and one individual early childhood teacher have been recognised for their achievements and contributions to improving the learning and development of young children and their families. Read about the 2020 VEYA winners Read about the 2020 VEYA finalists About the Victorian Early Years Awards The Victorian Early Years Awards celebrate the exceptional contributions that individuals and organisations make to improve the learning and development of young children and their families. Now in its 15th year, the Victorian Early Years Awards (VEYA) has celebrated leadership, outstanding achievement, exceptional dedication and innovation in improving outcomes for children and their families. This year the awards not only celebrate nominees, finalists and winners, but the commitment, resilience and flexibility demonstrated by the entire sector throughout the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. There are seven award categories that focus on improving engagement in learning, supporting parents, building collaborative community partnerships, improving health and wellbeing, exemplary practice in early childhood education, leadership and significant service improvement. Winners of each category will receive a grant of up to $15,000 for professional development or to support their nominated early childhood initiative. The finalists and winners in each category are also eligible to win the prestigious Minister’s Award, selected by the Minister for Early Childhood. Contact Contact the Early Years Awards team at email@example.com Topics in this section 2020 winners Read about the 2020 winners. 2019 winners Read about the 2019 winners. Honour roll Read about past winners of the Early Years Awards. News from the Victorian Early Years Awards More stories Victorian Early Years Awards finalists announcedEarly years organisations, teachers and educators are among those recognisedVictorian Early Years Awards nominations openA big winner at last year's Victorian Early Years Awards is encouraging people in the early childhood education care sector to nominate for the 2020 awards.Celebrating excellence at the Victorian Early Years AwardsShining a light on the inspiring work of early childhood professionals across the state. Awards celebrate the best in early childhood educationThis week, the Victorian Early Years Awards celebrated the exceptional contributions of individuals and organisations in early childhood education. Contact Contact the Early Years Awards team at firstname.lastname@example.org Latest tweets Follow @DETVic Tweets by DETVic Category 1: Improving access and participation in early learning Nominations in this category will demonstrate how they promote access, ongoing participation and engagement in early learning, particularly for families experiencing vulnerability and disadvantage. Category 2: Supporting parents through evidence-based practice Nominations in this category are for organisations who are delivering evidence-based practice to support families to develop their skills and confidence to support their child’s wellbeing and development. Category 3: Creating collaborative community partnerships Nominations in this category will demonstrate how a partnership uses and promotes collaborative practice to support and demonstrate positive outcomes for children and families. Category 4: Promoting children’s health and wellbeing Nominations in this category will demonstrate how an initiative or project is promoting children’s health and wellbeing. Category 5: Continuity of early learning Nominations in this category will be submitted by two or more early childhood services, schools and/or other organisations and will demonstrate how continuity of early learning is achieved by a focus on successful transitions. Category 6: Early childhood teacher of the year Nominations in this category will demonstrate how an early childhood teacher has demonstrated evidence-based innovation and exemplary practice in early childhood education and care, and 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 7: The Emeritus Professor Collette Tayler Excellence in Educational Leadership Award Nominations in this category will demonstrate how an early childhood service or an approved service provider has led their educators and teachers to significantly improve the quality of their learning and teaching practices over the last 18 months.