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Conditions of Entry: Australian Family Early Education and Care Awards 2018

Early Childhood Educator of the Year, Early Childhood Director of the Year, Early Childhood Service of the Year, Rising Star Award

  1. All prizes will be awarded on the condition that State and National Winners agree to be personally interviewed in Sydney on Thursday 14th June 2018 and to accept the prizes in person at the Australian Early Education and Care Awards Gala Dinner in Sydney on Friday, 15th June 2018.
  2. The 13 State and National Winners in the categories of Early Childhood Educator of the Year, Early Childhood Director of the Year and National Finalists in the Rising Star Award will receive: one return economy flight to Sydney from your nearest capital city, attendance at the three day Awards Celebration comprising two night’s five star double/twin accommodation with breakfast , Awards Gala Dinner, cocktail reception, professional development session, airport transfers to and from the Hotel, and day spa treatment, valued at up to $1,708 per person; an Educational Experience gift voucher, valued at $500; an outdoor banner, valued at $125; and a framed certificate.
  3. The 5 State and National Winners in the Early Childhood Service of the Year category will receive: two return economy flights to Sydney from your nearest capital city, attendance at the three day Awards Celebration comprising two night’s five star double/twin accommodation with breakfast for two, Awards Gala Dinner, cocktail reception, professional development session, airport transfers to and from the Hotel, and day spa treatment, valued at up to $1,708 per person; an Educational Experience gift voucher, valued at $500; an outdoor banner, valued at $125; and a framed certificate.
  4. The 3 National Winners in the categories of Early Childhood Educator of the Year, Early Childhood Director of the Year, and Rising Star Award will also each receive: a $4,000 Community Early Learning Australia training grant, a $5,000 professional development grant, a $250 Educational Experience voucher, and a crystal trophy.
  5. The National Winner in the category of and Early Childhood Service of the Year will also receive: a $4,000 Community Early Learning Australia training grant, a $5,000 professional development grant, a $250 Educational Experience voucher, participation in The Art Suite comprising 6 art training sessions by Amanda Morphett valued at $9,000, and a crystal trophy.
  6. Total prize pool valued at up to AU$98,598.00
  7. Community Early Learning Australia (CELA) will offer the following training courses to National winners: Certificate III (valued at $3,600); Diploma (valued at $4,000); Advanced Diploma (valued at $3,600); Various workshops (valued at $400 each). CELA agrees that each winner may undertake any combination of the above training services offered by CELA up to a total of $4,000. In the event that winners reside in non-metropolitan locations, CELA undertakes to cover the cost of travel by trainers implementing on job assessment (if required) with winners in these locations. CELA will ensure that each prize winner receives their full entitlement to the value of $4,000 and at no time shall any prize winner will be disadvantaged as a result of the qualifications they may already have. In the event that a winner has previously undertaken the training services offered by CELA, CELA will offer alternative training for the winner to attend industry conference(s) relevant to the children services industry up to the value of $2,000.00. This will be negotiated between the prize winner and CELA.
  8. National Winners have until 31 December 2018 to claim their prize from CELA including booking the course or industry conference to be undertaken.  National Winners will have 12 months from the time of booking to complete their selected CELA training course or external conference.  All courses or external conferences must be fully completed by 31 December 2019. CELA prizes that are not claimed or completed within the given timeframes will be forfeited. 
  9. National Winners have until 31 December 2018 to submit to Australian Early Education and Care Awards their plan for the use of their professional development grant, including what the monies will be used for, timings and costs. National Winners will have until 31 March 2019 to claim grant monies, including submitting to Australian Early Education and Care Awards all invoices or receipts for payment.  Any portion of the grant not claimed by 31 March 2019 will be forfeited. Professional development grants provided to national winners are for the purpose of professional development and are to be used personally by the winner or by staff employed at the winning service.  Grant payments will be managed individually by Australian Early Education and Care Awards to maintain the integrity of the prize and will be made upon the provision of quotes, invoices or other proof of purchase.
  10. National Winners of individual award categories must be currently employed within the early childhood education sector at the time of claiming their prizes.  If an individual National Winner is no longer working in the early childhood education sector, their prizes will be awarded to the early childhood service in which they were employed at the time of their nomination.  If an individual National Winner is between jobs within the early childhood education sector, prizes will be awarded upon provision of proof of re-employment.
  11. With the exception of the professional development grants, the prizes are not transferable or exchangeable and cannot be taken as cash.
  12. To be eligible to become a State Winner in the Service of the Year category, nominees must be a licensed or government approved early child care provider. To be eligible to become a State Winner in the remaining categories, nominees must be employed by a licensed or government approved early childhood provider at the time of their nomination with the intention of remaining employed in the early childhood education sector. To be eligible to become a National Finalist in the Rising Star category, nominees must also provide evidence of employment in an educational or managerial position within an early childhood education service for no longer than five years prior to nomination.
  13. After being nominated, each nominee will be emailed at the email address provided on the nomination form to confirm their nomination.  A subsequent email will be sent to every nominee in mid-March to invite the nominee to enter a personal submission to support their nomination.  Personal submissions must be received by 11.59pm 10th April 2018.  The most outstanding nominees in each category, as determined by the judges, will be named Finalists. Finalists in each category will be notified by email by 26th April 2018.
  14. Finalists will be judged by the Judging Panel. State Winners and the Rising Star National Finalists will be notified by phone and email in the week commencing 22nd May 2018 by a representative of Australian Early Education and Care Awards. Their details will be announced publicly by 24th May 2018 on www.earlyeducationandcareawards.com.au and made available to the media. National Winners will be selected from amongst the State Winners following personal interviews to be conducted in Sydney on Thursday 14th June 2018, and announced at the Awards Gala Dinner on Friday 15th June 2018.
  15. By participating in this competition, unless otherwise agreed, the nominators and nominees agree that Australian Early Education and Care Awards may use the information and photographs provided in the nomination and/or submission and taken at the Awards Celebration in any media including Facebook, Twitter and Instagram for future promotional purposes without any further reference, payment or other compensation to the nominator or nominee, including sending the nominators and/or nominees electronic messages.
  16. Finalists and nominators must agree to be contacted by a representative of the Australian Early Education and Care Awards to verify any information submitted and the eligibility of the nominee.
  17. The Judging Panel’s decision is final and no correspondence will be entered into.