Nominations For Early Years Awards Now Open

Nominations are now open for the 2015 Victorian Government Early Years Awards, the Minister for Children and Families, Jenny Mikakos, announced today.

The awards, now in their tenth year, recognise the contribution that individuals and community partnerships have made to improving the health, learning, development and wellbeing of young children and their families.

This year, awards will be given in five categories:

  • Early Childhood Teacher of the Year
  • Outstanding leadership for health and wellbeing
  • Better access to child and family support, health services and early education and care services
  • Improvements in parents’ capacity, confidence and enjoyment of family life
  • Communities that are more family- and child-friendly.

Award recipients receive between $10,000 and $15,000, to further enhance their programs. The awards are supported by the Andrews Labor Government.

The Early Years Awards are just one example of how of the Labor Government is supporting children in the vital years before school.

Last week’s Victorian Budget 2015-16 secured $50 million for building and upgrading kindergartens and children’s centres, and $9 million to assist children with a disability or developmental delay.

To nominate an individual, program, service or community partnership visit

Nominations will be accepted until 5pm Friday 5 June 2015, with the winners announced by Ms Mikakos on 28 October, as part of Children’s Week.

Quotes attributable to Minister for Families and Children, Jenny Mikakos

“These awards are a way to thank our early years professionals and celebrate the innovative work so many of them do.”

Anyone who has contributed to improving outcomes for young Victorian children should nominate, and share their story.”

“Every child deserves every chance to reach their potential, and that’s why Labor is investing in children well before they start school.”

Quote attributable to the Member for Sydenham, Natalie Hutchins

“These awards strengthen the crucial contributions made to early childhood development which are vital to the wellbeing of children and families.”

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