Finalists Victorian Early Years Awards

15 OCTOBER 2018

VIT would like to congratulate the three finalists in the category of Early Childhood Teacher of The Year for the 2018 Victorian Early Years Awards.

The award is for an early childhood teacher who demonstrates 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 outcomes for children.

Congratulations to the following three teachers who made the finals.

Naomi FalconerKnox City Council Haering Road Preschool

Naomi was selected by Monash University to implement and adapt the Pyramid model to all preschool services in Knox City Council. The model ensures all children learn to accept difference as they interact, as well as new social skills, as they explore diverse play and learning opportunities to all preschool services in Knox City Council. This resonates with her philosophy of equity, inclusion and respect. She sees this as the foundation of learning outcomes to achieve transformation for many children and families.

Nicole Bechaz – Banyan Fields Kindergarten

Nicole has worked with agencies and schools to provide opportunities beyond the traditional kindergarten program, ensuring opportunities for all children including those with special needs, and that services such as speech programs were offered at the kindergarten.

Nicole’s involvement with Let's Chat Oral Language Program increased parents’ skills and knowledge around the importance of early reading. By developing relationships with Banyan Fields Primary, Nicole has helped to strengthen the link between early childhood and primary school services. This has led to smooth and successful transitions for children and families.

Trish Mannix – Hume City Council, Craigieburn Child and Family Centre

Trish has a passion to improve and embed practices in early years’ services that support our most vulnerable.

She has helped develop an ongoing partnership with the Victorian Foundation for Survivors of Torture to improve access to early years’ services across Hume. Her recent project aims to improve outcomes for refugee families. This is through a reflective practice method within the Hume Early Years Refugee Cluster, which was formed to strengthen partnerships with families.

Winners will be announced at the ceremony held at the national Gallery of Victoria on 23 October 2018.