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Celebrate the outstanding work of early childhood teachers by nominating for the 2022 Victorian Early Years Awards

Nominations are now open

Early childhood teachers play a vital role in giving Victorian children the best start in life. Their dedication and hard work are set to be celebrated at the upcoming Department of Education and Training Victorian Early Year’s Awards. 

Now in its 17th year, the Victorian Early Year’s Awards recognise individuals, early childhood services, organisations and initiatives that help Victorian children and their families through leadership and innovation.

Seven categories are available for nomination, where recipients can be awarded grants of $15,000 to contribute towards their nominated program/initiative or professional development. Finalists of each category will also be eligible for the Minister's Award.

The categories focus on efforts in improving engagement in learning, supporting parents, building collaborative community partnerships, improving child health and wellbeing, exemplary practice in early childhood education, leadership and significant improvement on learning and teaching practices. 

Do you know an early childhood teacher who deserves to be recognised? Submit your nominations on the VEYA website by 11:59pm, Monday 13 June 2022. 

For any enquiries, please contact VEYA and read the VEYA terms and conditions

Categories

Improving Access and Participation in Early Learning

This award recognises one or more early childhood services and/or organisations that are taking action to promote access, ongoing participation and engagement in early learning, particularly for families experiencing vulnerability and/or disadvantage.

Supporting Parents to Build Their Capacity and Confidence

This award recognises one or more early childhood services and/or organisations that are taking action to support families, parents and carers to feel confident and capable in their parenting role and recognises their role as the first and most important teachers in supporting their child’s learning and development.

Creating Collaborative Community Partnerships

This award recognises a collaborative partnership between two or more early childhood services and/or organisations that are taking action to promote collaborative practice that supports and demonstrate positive outcomes for children and families.

Promoting Children’s Health and Wellbeing

This award recognises one or more early childhood services and/or organisations that are taking action to improve health and wellbeing outcomes for young children.

Continuity of Early Learning

This award recognises two or more early childhood services, schools and/or other organisations that support continuity of early learning through successful transitions.

Early Childhood Teacher of the Year

This award recognises an early childhood teacher who has demonstrated evidence-based innovation and exemplary practice in early childhood education and care.

Their nomination will demonstrate how they have made a significant contribution to the development and delivery of high-quality early childhood education programs and/or achieved significant improvements in children’s learning and development outcomes.

The Emeritus Professor Collette Tayler Excellence in Educational Leadership Award

This award recognises an educational leader, early childhood service, or an approved service provider that has led their educators and teachers to significantly improve the quality of their learning and teaching practices, with a focus on intentional teaching practices to achieve improved outcomes for Victorian children and their families.

The Minister’s Award

This is awarded by the Minister for Early Childhood from the pool of finalists for an application that demonstrates exemplary practice and exceptional achievement in improving outcomes for young children.

Finalists of each award category are automatically eligible for the Minister’s Award, which is selected by the Minister for Early Childhood. Applicants do not nominate for this category.