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2017 Awards Nominations Open

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Time to Acknowledge the Trusted Leaders in the Early Education and Care Sector

Millions of Australian parents trust early education and care professionals with the care of their children on a daily basis.  And as the number of children in early education and care and the time spent in care increases, so too does the role of early education and care professionals with their responsibilities extending beyond their traditional framework of education and care, to now include training in areas such as helping to prevent family violence* and gender equality*.  

With their broadening scope of work, now is the time to acknowledge the evolution of the early education and care sector, and those who work in it, as one which has become an essential and often under recognised component of Australian family life.

The Australian Family Early Education & Care Awards is Australia’s biggest awards for the early years education sector and celebrates the leaders and services in Australian communities that are committed to the growth and development of those in their care. 

Nominations Period: Open now until Friday March 10 2017 midnight

Finalists Announced: Wednesday April 26 2017

State Winners Announced: Tuesday May 23 2017

National Winners Announced: Friday June 16 2017

Prizes Include: Over $100,000 in prizes including more than $50,000 in training and professional development grants

Nominations can be made via www.earlyeducationandcareawards.com.au

This year the Australian Family Early Education & Care Awards enters its 13th year and accepts nominations from family, friends, colleagues and parents with children in care in four categories: Nestle NAN Toddler Director of the Year, MyLife MySuper Service of the Year, Springfree Trampoline Educator of the Year and the Educational Experience Rising Star Award (open to people who have worked in early childhood for five years or less – regardless of their age) to identify individuals and services that reflect the highest of quality in their everyday work with young children across Australia.

All-encompassing, the Awards accept nominations across all private and community program types including long day care , family day care, occasional care, preschool, early learning centres and school age care groups and is open to all levels of experience and qualification. 

Judged by a distinguished panel of professionals from the sector through a rigorous judging process the Australian Family Early Education & Care Awards are overseen by Judging Chairman and Australian Family Managing Director Paul Clancy. 

Every nomination that is received is stringently reviewed by Australian Family representatives Paul Clancy and Jennifer Kernahan, Editor and University Tutor (B.ED) to identify the Awards Finalists on Wednesday April 26 2017.  Finalists are required to demonstrate their achievements in practice and commitment to five key areas aligned with the National Quality Standards (the federal government-mandated professional standards for children’s services) regulated by the Australian Children’s Education and Care Authority (ACECQA). 

These five areas are: improving the wellbeing of the children, improving the children’s program, improving the early childhood service, ongoing professional learning and development and improving inclusive interactions and partnerships with families.

After each Finalist is thoroughly reviewed by the judging panel the State Winners will be revealed on Tuesday May 23 2017 and will share in $100,000 in prizes including the three day professional development event in June.  At this event the National Winner of each category will be determined after each State Winner has presented to the judging panel their achievements, goals and plans for continued quality improvement and innovation.

The national winners of each category will be announced at the Australian Family Early Education & Care Awards Gala Event on Friday June 16 2017 and share in more than $50,000 in training and professional development grants.

Nominations are now open at www.earlyeducationandcareawards.com.au and close at midnight Friday March 10 2017.

Judging Chairman and Australian Family Managing Director, Paul Clancy comments, “As the expectations on the role of an early childhood educator and an early education and care service evolve so does the need to acknowledge the key role these professionals play in our community.  Across Australia there are so many exceptional and committed directors, educators, rising stars and services that we entrust with the social, emotional, physical and educational development of our children that deserve to be applauded for their work.  The Awards are a wonderful opportunity to thank that special someone who play a pivotal role in the early stages of your child’s life”.      

Sources:

http://www.abc.net.au/news/2016-07-13/child-care-teachers-learn-how-to-identify-family-violence/7626844

http://www.abc.net.au/news/2016-10-07/promoting-gender-equality-in-childhood-will-help-curb-violence/7914766

 

About Australian Family

Paul Clancy is the Managing Director of Australian Family and has been the instigator of the research and development behind the company’s biannual publication, Australian Family Magazine, the extension website www.australianfamily.com.au and the annual Australian Family Early Education and Care Awards. 

Formed in 1997, Paul Clancy saw a clear void in the community for relevant and up to date information on parenting issues for parents of children older than two years of age and commenced publishing Australian Family Magazine.  Providing quality and informative content to over 240,000 families, the magazine is delivered in an easy to read manner and with a down to earth style to be relevant and suit the lives of busy parents. 

The company’s digital investment includes social media platforms allowing Australian Family to connect and interact with families on a regular daily basis – providing much-needed, timely and well-informed parenting/caring advice.   

In 2005, Paul Clancy established the Australian Family Early Education and Care Awards (formerly named Australian Family Childcare Awards) recognizing early childhood educators and services across the country.

Media Contact:  Adele Feletto Publicity M: 0413 489 292 E: adele@adelefelettopublicity.com.au