2020 VEYA award categories

There are seven award categories in the 2020 Victorian Early Years Awards:

Awards for services:

  • Improving access and participation in early learning
  • Supporting parents to build their capacity and confidence
  • Creating collaborative community partnerships
  • Promoting children’s health and wellbeing
  • Continuity of early learning
  • The Emeritus Professor Collette Tayler excellence in educational leadership award

Awards for Individuals

  • Early childhood teacher of the year

Finalists of each award category are also eligible for an eighth award, the Minister’s Award. This is selected by the Minister for Education.

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For more information, contact the Early Years Awards team at early.years.awards@edumail.vic.gov.au


Category 1: Improving access and participation in early learning

This award recognises early childhood services, schools and/or other organisations that promote access, ongoing participation and engagement in early learning, particularly for families experiencing vulnerability and disadvantage.

Category 2: Supporting parents through evidence-based practice

This award recognises early childhood services, schools and/or other organisations that 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

This award recognises early childhood services, schools and/or other organisations that demonstrate how partnerships promote collaborative practice to support positive outcomes for children and families.

Category 4: Promoting children’s health and wellbeing

This award recognises early childhood services, schools and/or other organisations that are promoting children’s health and wellbeing.

Category 5: Continuity of early learning

This award recognises how partnerships across early childhood services, schools and/or other organisations support continuity of early learning by a focus on successful transitions.

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

This award recognises services and service providers that have led their educators and teachers to significantly improve the quality of their learning and teaching practices over the last 18 months.

Category 7: Early childhood teacher of the year

This award recognises an early childhood teacher who has:

  • used evidence-based innovation and exemplary practice in early childhood education and care
  • made a significant contribution to the development and delivery of high-quality early childhood education programs
  • achieved significant improvements in children’s learning and development outcomes.

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