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2018 Judging Criteria

Every nominee will be invited to provide a personal submission and will therefore have the opportunity to specifically respond to the judging criteria against which judges will assess them.  ONLY nominees who have been nominated in the 2018 Early Education and Care Awards and who complete a personal submission will be judged for an award.

We are looking for outstanding early childhood education and care professionals at all levels of qualifications and experience whose work with children goes beyond the everyday good practice that is expected of someone at their level of experience and qualifications.

Nominees will be assessed against their ability to demonstrate the personal contributions they have made to help achieve outcomes that are beyond everyday good practice in the following areas:

  1. Improving the wellbeing of the children
  2. Improving the children's program
  3. Improving the early childhood service
  4. Ongoing professional learning and development
  5. Improving inclusive interactions and partnerships with families

For further information, see the detailed judging criteria for each category below.

MyLife MySuper Early Childhood Director of the Year

To be considered for an award in the category of Early Childhood Director of the Year, nominees must complete a personal submission and:

A) Be currently working/have worked within the last 9 months as the person in charge of a licensed and registered and/ or accredited 0-5 years children's service or out of school hours school aged care service.

B) Demonstrate how their leadership skills and personal contributions in the following areas have resulted in outcomes that are beyond everyday good practice

  1. Wellbeing of the children which demonstrates best practice in how needs have been met
  2. Creative and ongoing improvements to the children's program (experiences, interactions, environments, pedagogy, etc)
  3. Innovations that improve the service including leading the service's formal system of continuous improvement
  4. Ongoing program of professional development for them self and their team, and resulting leadership in specific methods (including strategies like professional conversations, mentoring, network of professional learners, and focuses like Reggio, inclusive practices, reconciliation etc)
  5. Innovative and continuing improvements to inclusive interactions and partnerships with all families in the nominee's particular setting

MyLife MyFinance Early Childhood Educator of the Year

To be considered for an award in the category of Early Childhood Educator of the Year, nominees must complete a personal submission and:

A) Be currently working/have worked within the last 9 months as an educator/carer/teacher in a licensed and registered and/or accredited 0-5 years children's service or out of school hours school aged care service.

B) Demonstrate the personal contributions they have made in the following areas, that have helped achieve outcomes that are beyond everyday good practice (or have set plans in motion to do so):

  1. Wellbeing of the children which demonstrates best practice in how needs have been met
  2. Creative and ongoing improvements to the children's program (experiences, interactions, environments, pedagogy, etc)
  3. Innovations that improve the service including supporting the service's formal system of continuous improvement
  4. Ongoing professional development, and resulting leadership in specific methods (including strategies like professional conversations, mentoring, network of professional learners, and focuses like Reggio, inclusive practices, reconciliation etc)
  5. Innovative and continuing improvements to inclusive interactions and partnerships with all families in the nominee's particular setting

Educational Experience Rising Star Award

To be considered for an award in the category of Rising Star, nominees must complete a personal submission and:

A) Be currently working/have worked within the last 9 months as an early childhood educator/carer/teacher in, or person in charge of, a licensed and registered and/or accredited 0-5 years children's service or out of school hours school aged care service.

B) Have been employed in an educational or managerial capacity within the early childhood education sector for no longer than five years.

C) Demonstrate the personal contributions they have made in the following areas, that have helped achieve outcomes that are beyond everyday good practice (or have set plans in motion to do so):

  1. Wellbeing of the children which demonstrates best practice in how needs have been met
  2. Creative and ongoing improvements to the children's program (experiences, interactions, environments, pedagogy, etc)
  3. Innovations that improve the service including support for your service's formal system of continuous improvement
  4. Ongoing program of professional development, and resulting leadership in specific methods (including strategies like professional conversations, mentoring, network of professional learners, and focuses like Reggio, inclusive practice, reconciliation etc)
  5. Innovative and continuing improvements to inclusive interactions and partnerships with all families in the nominee's particular setting

Chemists' Own Early Childhood Service of the Year

To be considered for an award in the category of Early Childhood Service of the Year, nominees must complete a nominee submission and:

A) Be an Australian 0-5 years children's service or out of school hours school aged care service offering education and care by professional child care practitioners to children, which is:

  • Licensed under the applicable regulatory body, and
  • Registered, and
  • If applicable, participating in the National Quality Framework assessment and rating system

B) Achieve outcomes in the following areas, that are beyond everyday good practice; and/or have set plans in motion to do so):

  1. Wellbeing of all children which demonstrates best practice in how needs have been met
  2. Creative and ongoing improvements to the children's program (experiences, interactions, environments, pedagogy, etc)
  3. Innovations that improve the service including the service's formal system of continuous improvement
  4. Ongoing program of professional development of all staff, and resulting leadership in specific methods (including strategies like professional conversations, mentoring, network of professional learners, and focuses like Reggio, inclusive practices, reconciliation etc)
  5. Innovative and continuing improvements to inclusive interactions and partnerships with all families in the nominee's particular setting


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