Nominations open for the 2022 HESTA Early Childhood Education & Care Awards.

The search is on to find Australia’s best early childhood educators

The prestigious annual Awards, which have a $30,000 prize pool up for grabs, recognise early childhood educators and carers who have demonstrated excellence in improving learning outcomes for children.

HESTA CEO Debby Blakey said making a nomination was a fantastic way to celebrate the dedicated people working hard to improve the lives of young children and their families.

“The innovation, adaptability and resilience seen by these organisations and workers every day, especially during recent lockdowns and trying circumstances, to enrich a child’s life and improve early childhood education outcomes is inspiring. Submitting a nomination for these awards is one way we can recognise these individuals and their contributions,” Ms Blakey said.

“We’ve seen more than ever these past few years, just how crucial early childhood educators are. They continued to provide education and childcare services for front line health care professionals and essential workers during the height of the pandemic, demonstrating how vital they are to the prosperity of our communities,” Ms Blakey said.

Employers, colleagues, and the community have until 3 July to nominate individuals and organisations – working with children from birth to eight years of age – who demonstrate innovation, quality improvement and enhanced learning outcomes for young children in a variety of settings, including preschool, long day care, primary school or outside-of-hours care.

HESTA Awards sponsor ME has donated the prize money, with the winner of each category – Advancing Pedagogy and Practice, Individual Leadership and Outstanding Organisation – to receive $10,000 for further education, service, or team development.

ME CEO Martine Jager said the organisation was incredibly proud to be supporting the Awards, which recognise the amazing efforts and achievements of these unsung heroes.

“The HESTA Early Childhood Education & Care Awards celebrate a group of amazing people, who are committed to Australia’s early childhood education.

“Throughout recent tumultuous times the pandemic has presented, these educators and carers have continued to demonstrate resilience and passion for development and growth of Australia’s next generation.”

For more information or to submit a nomination, visit Hesta Awards

Winners announced at an Awards dinner held in Canberra on 7th October 2022.

Nominations open for the 2022 HESTA Early Childhood Education & Care Awards.

Finalists (and winners) 2021

Main Image: Winners from 2020