Recognising early childhood services and teachers

25 OCTOBER 2016

The Victorian Institute of Teaching would like to congratulate the Victorian Early Years Awards winners.

2016 Early Childhood Teacher of the Year was awarded to Meagan Hull of Bentons Square Kindergarten in Mornington for her commitment to early education and her life-changing work with children with additional learning needs.

She is also a Pedagogical Leader for Community Kinders Plus and provides teaching advice across the Frankston and Mornington Peninsula region.

Previously Meagan was Chairperson for the Peninsula and Chelsea Kindergarten Teachers Association and is still an active member on the Committee.
At Bentons Square Kindergarten Meagan leads a team of 15 teachers and educators. Educators in two of the four year old groups work in partnership with Biala Peninsula, a local early intervention agency, to provide an inclusive program for children with a range of additional needs.

The program has operated successfully for more than four years. Meagan provides support to the families of children with additional needs by attending meetings as an advocate, liaising with and coordinating early intervention staff working in the kindergarten setting, along with providing mentoring support for the teaching staff at the centre.

Full list of the 2016 Victorian Early Years Awards Winners:

  • Early Childhood Teacher of the Year Award: Meagan Hull, Bentons Square Kindergarten, Mornington
  • Improving Access and Participation in Early Learning Award: East Sunshine Kindergarten Early Childhood Access and Participation Project (ECAP), East Sunshine Kindergarten, with the Victorian Foundation for the Survivors of Torture
  • Supporting Parents to Build Their Capacity And Confidence Award: Family Early Learning Partnership (FELP), Hume City Council and partner agencies
  • Creating Collaborative Community Partnerships Award: A Collaborative Response to Family Violence in the East, Eastern Community Legal Centre and partner agencies
  • Promoting Children’s Health and Wellbeing Award: A holistic approach to improving community health outcomes at Jindi Kindergarten, Goodstart Early Learning and partner agencies
  • Minister's Award: Coaching Koorie Kids – Early Years Health Promotion, Victorian Aboriginal Health Service and partner agencies.

Quotes attributed to Minister for Families and Children Jenny Mikakos.
“The Early Years Awards celebrate the hard work and dedication of some of our most inspiring early years professionals.”

“The time to shape lives starts during early childhood and these individuals and organisations have all had a lasting impact on children across Victoria.”


Photo credit: Foundation House

(L to R) Sue Casey, Donna Chesters, & Kath Cooney (Foundation House), Linda Hyett & Alex Gariglio (East Sunshine Kindergarten) (Front) Par Ting Paw (East Sunshine Kindergarten) with their 2016 Victorian Early Years Award