Nominations open for early learning awards

Beaconsfield Kindergarten students Ava, Nate and Sam. Photo: Stewart Chambers 200389_02

By Jessica Anstice

Community members are being encouraged to recognise the outstanding work of early years professionals in improving the lives of young children in Eastern Victoria by nominating an organisation or individual for a statewide award.

Eastern Victoria MP Harriet Shing is calling on families, early childhood professionals and early years support organisations to nominate themselves or others, with nominations for this year’s awards now open.

Now in its 15th year, the Victorian Early Years Awards recognise, reward and celebrate individuals and organisations, and highlight innovative initiatives aimed at improving outcomes within the early years sector.

“Eastern Victoria is home to many passionate early years professionals, and exceptional early years services,” she said.

“This year’s Victorian Early Years Awards are the perfect opportunity to celebrate the people, organisations and services that help Victorian children to get the best start in life.”

In 2020, the awards will celebrate the achievements and commitment of early childhood professionals across seven award categories, including improving access and participation, supporting parents and promoting children’s health and wellbeing, as well as the prestigious Early Childhood Teacher of the Year.

Award recipients will receive up to $15,000 to further develop and share the lessons of their exceptional work in kindergartens, schools, local councils, maternal child and health services and other early years organisations across the state.

Nominations close on Monday 6 July, with finalists announced in September ahead of the awards ceremony expected to be held in November.

For more information or to submit a nomination, visit: www.education.vic.gov.au/veya

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