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 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 March 10 2018 midnight
Finalists Announced: April 26 2018
State Winners Announced: May 23 2018
National Winners Announced: June 16 2018
Prizes Include: Over $85,000 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 Early Education & Care Awards enters its 13th year and accepts nominations from family, friends, colleagues and parents with children in care in four categories: Director of the Year, Chemists' Own Service of the Year, 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 Early Education & Care Awards are overseen by Judging Chairman Paul Clancy.
Every nomination that is received is stringently reviewed by representatives including Paul Clancy to identify the Awards Finalists on Wednesday April 26 2018. 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 May 23 2018 and will share in $85,000 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 Early Education & Care Awards Gala Event on June 15th, 2018 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 March 10 2017.
Judging Chairman, 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”.
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