Victorian Early Years Awards finalists announced

The Victorian Early Years Awards celebrate the exceptional contributions of the early childhood education sector.

Now in their 15th year, the awards are organised by the Department to highlight the vital work happening in the critical early years of a child's lifelong education journey.

This year, 20 finalists have been announced across seven award categories recognising outstanding

achievement, dedication and innovation in improving outcomes for young children and their families.

Award categories include the Early Childhood Teacher of the Year.

Among the finalists selected from 117 nominations are individuals and organisations that have:

  • improved access and participation in early learning
  • supported parents to build their capacity and confidence
  • created collaborative community partnerships
  • promoted children's health and wellbeing.

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.

Finalists include a place-based early childhood program that promotes ongoing participation and engagement in early learning for local aboriginal children and families, and a kindergarten program for children in hospital that continued online during the pandemic.

View the full list of finalists and their profiles at the Victorian Early Years Awards website. Winners will be announced on Wednesday 25 November.

Victorian Early Years Awards

Award finalists were selected by a panel of judges following a thorough application and shortlisting process.

Winners receive a grant of up to $15,000 towards professional development or to further develop their program or initiative.

A separate Minister's Award winner will be selected by the Minister for Early Childhood from finalists across all categories as a special commendation.

Find out more

For more information on the awards, refer to the Victorian Early Years Awards website.