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2021 Victorian Early Years Awards Winners have been announced

The Minister for Early Childhood Ingrid Stitt has announced the winners of the 2021 Victorian Early Years Awards on Wednesday 10 November 2021, at an online awards ceremony hosted by Jimmy Rees.  

Seven organisations and one individual early childhood teacher have been recognised for their achievements and contributions to leadership, outstanding achievement and innovation in improving outcomes for Victorian children and their families.

"The early childhood sector has been incredibly resilient and dedicated in giving Victoria's youngest children the best start to life despite the challenges of the pandemic over the past two years," the Minister said.

Winners of each category will receive a grant of $15,000 for professional development or to support their nominated initiative.

Early Childhood Teacher of the Year

Awarded to an early childhood teacher who demonstrates evidence-based innovation and exemplary practice in early childhood education, and making a significant contribution to the development and delivery of high-quality early childhood education programs that improve learning and development outcomes for children.

Winner - Louise Bayley

As an early childhood teacher at Kalkallo Pre-School, Louise Bayley works in a growing and diverse community with a large population of new migrants.

Louise's reflective and respectful teaching practice is driven by her dedication to the wellbeing of children and families and the fostering of reciprocal relationships. Embodying Victorian Early Years Learning Development Framework practice principles, Louise's dedication to improving children's access to learning is shaped by following children's lead, engaging with families and having a strong focus on promoting cultural understanding to improve children and families' health and wellbeing.

Always seeking opportunities to extend her knowledge to meet the specific needs of children and their families, Louise is able to identify any barriers to their learning, and adopt strategies that encourage children to develop from their unique point of need.

Working with other educators during the recent lockdowns, Louise provided children and their families with access to support services, creating a community library and providing engaging resources to support at-home learning. 

VIT would like to congratulate Louise Bayley and all the finalists in the 2021 Victorian Early Years Awards.

Find out more about the winners in the other categories.