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Eligibility - Nominees

To be eligible for nomination, individuals must be currently working in/for an eligible service type. To be eligible for an award, individuals must have been employed in an eligible service type at least within the past 9 months.

To be eligible to claim prizes, National Winners must be currently employed within the early childhood education sector.  For further details see terms and conditions.

Eligible service types are:

  • Australian licensed/registered early years services catering for children aged birth to six years (long day care centres, family day care schemes, occasional care centres, creches, kindergartens, preschools);
  • Australian licensed/registered out of school hours care services catering for primary school aged children.

To be eligible for an award, services must be an eligible service type and also meet these criteria:

  • If covered by the National Quality Framework (NQF) the service's current rating must be 'Excellent', 'Exceeding National Quality Standards' or 'Meeting National Quality Standards'.
  • If covered by the NQF and the service's current rating is 'Provisional - Not Yet Assessed under the NQF' the service's last NCAC rating must be 'Accredited'.
  • If NOT covered by the NQF the service must meet the requirements of the children's services regulations within their state/territory.

Ineligible individuals and services:

  • Primary school teachers and others working in a primary school classroom setting are ineligible.
  • Services with a NQF rating of 'Working Towards National Quality Standards' or 'Significant Improvement Required' are ineligible. (However, individuals working at such services are ELIGIBLE.)
  • Services with a NQF rating of 'Provisional - Not Yet Assessed under the NQF' AND a most recent NCAC rating of 'Not Accredited' are ineligible. (However, individuals working at such services are ELIGIBLE.)

Springfree Trampoline Early Childhood Educator of the Year: Educators and carers currently working directly with children in an eligible service type should be nominated in this category.

Nestle NAN Early Childhood Director of the Year: People in charge of an eligible service type should be nominated in this category. Typically these people are Centre Directors, Preschool Teachers in Charge, Family Day Care Scheme Managers/Directors.

MyLife MySuper Early Childhood Service of the Year: Any early years or school aged care service meeting the eligible service requirements above should be nominated in this category.

Educational Experience Rising Star Award: Any person, irrespective of age, currently working for five years or less as an educator, carer or director in an eligible service type should be nominated in this category.