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About the Awards

The Australian Early Education and Care Awards celebrate outstanding contributions in child care. They aim to encourage Australians working in all sectors of early childhood education and care to aspire to excellence.

2018 Awards nominations are NOW OPEN!

Who can nominate? Anyone can!  If you know someone working in early childhood education and care who deserves some recognition please complete a nomination form.

By nominating an outstanding early childhood educator/carer or children's service you are not only thanking them, but helping to raise awareness for the remarkable work being done in child care every day.

These national awards publicly recognise Australia's early childhood educators/carers and services and celebrates those who have made the most outstanding contributions to children, the community and to individual families.

The Awards also provide a great way for families to say “thanks” to the special child care educators and carers in their life.

See all the 2017 Winners here!

Awards Timeline

(See Judging Process for further details)

1. Nominations Period: 21.11.17 - 11.03.18

2. Submissions open: 19.03.18 - 08.04.18

3. Finalists announced:  30.04.18

4. State Winners announced:  21.05.18

5. National Winners announced: 15.06.18

For detailed information, click on a subject below:

Award Categories
Eligibility – Nominators
Eligibility – Nominees
How to Nominate
Frequently Asked Questions