Calling Victoria’s Best Early Childhood Professionals

The Member for Melton, Don Nardella MLA, is supporting the Andrews Labor Government call for nominations to recognise the teachers and initiatives making a difference in the lives of young Victorian children and their families.

Minister for Families and Children Jenny Mikakos today announced that nominations are open for the 2016 Victorian Early Years Awards, and encouraged outstanding early childhood teachers and those involved in innovative initiatives to share their stories.

The awards, now in their eleventh year, recognise exceptional contributions that individuals and initiatives have made to improve the learning, development, health and wellbeing of young children and their families.

In 2016, the Victorian Early Years Awards categories are:

  • Improving access and participation in early learning
  • Supporting parents to build their capacity and confidence
  • Creating collaborative community partnerships
  • Promoting children’s health and wellbeing
  • Early childhood teacher of the year

Winners in each category will receive between $10,000 and $15,000 to go towards enhancing their work.

The first years of life are crucial to lifelong learning, wellbeing and success. That’s why the Labor Government is making Victoria the Education State by strengthening early childhood services for children and families.

The Victorian Early Years Awards are just one example of how of the Government is supporting the important work that helps Victorian families to thrive and gives all children the best chance to succeed.

Nominations will be accepted until 4pm Friday, 13 May 2016, with the winners announced by Ms Mikakos in October, as part of Children’s Week.

Find out more or submit a nomination at

Minister for Families and Children Jenny Mikakos said:

“Every child deserves every chance to reach their potential, and that’s why the Andrews Labor Government is strengthening early years services and making Victoria the Education State.”

“These awards are just one way to show our gratitude to those early years professionals who work hard to improve the lives of children and families.”

“I encourage everyone who has been part of any exceptional early childhood program to submit a nomination and share their story.”