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2020 HESTA Early Childhood Education & Care Awards

Exceptional early childhood professionals are being sought as nominations open for the 2020 HESTA Early Childhood Education & Care Awards. Do you know someone with a story worth celebrating?

The HESTA Early Childhood Education & Care Awards recognise the front-line educators and carers at the very heart of Australia's early childhood education system. 

The overall winners share a $30,000 prize pool and will have demonstrated excellence in improving learning outcomes for children. 

HESTA CEO Debby Blakey said making a nomination was a way to celebrate the people working to improve the lives of young children. 

“The role early educators and carers play in a child’s physical, social, emotional and cognitive development is critical,” Ms Blakey said. 

“There is excellent and innovative work being done in the sector every day to enhance the delivery and outcomes of early childhood education, and submitting a nomination is one way we can recognise these people and their important contributions to society."

Award categories 

Advancing pedagogy & practice 

This award recognises early childhood educators that have significantly advanced early childhood education and care through demonstrating innovation and enhanced outcomes for young children.  

Eligibility criteria 

Individual leadership

This award recognises an individual who has delivered high quality education to young children in Australia, making a valued contribution to their profession. 

Eligibility criteria 

Outstanding organisation

Recognises early childhood services that have implemented strategies to improve access and participation for children and families that may otherwise face barriers to accessing early childhood education. 

Eligibility criteria 

Nominate Now

Employers, colleagues and families have until 25 September 2020 to nominate individuals and organisations – working with children from birth to eight years of age – who demonstrate innovation, quality improvement and enhanced learning outcomes for young children in a variety of settings, including preschool, long day care, primary school or outside-of-hours care. 

Finalists announced: Tuesday 23 March 2021.  

Winners announced: Friday 23 April 2021.

For more information or to submit a nomination, visit