Winners of 2021 HESTA Early Childhood Education & Care Awards

The National Awards acknowledge the tremendous work of individuals and organisations who demonstrate a deep commitment to improving learning outcomes for children.

  • Winanga-Li Aboriginal Child and Family Centre was named ‘Outstanding Organisation’ for their work to support Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander families, and families experiencing disadvantage. The centre provides a range of programs, including out-of-home care, a Gamilaraay language program, and the Learning for Life speech program. (Main Image)
  • Lilyfield ELC
  • Lilyfield Early Learning Centre received the ‘Advancing Pedagogy and Practice’ award for their innovative early learning approach that empowers children to have a voice. Educators at the centre have pioneered a program that has seen children discuss social issues and be involved in decision-making through the centre’s parliamentary process.
  • Karen-Roberts-edit-1440City of Canterbury Bankstown’s Karen Roberts received the ‘Individual Leadership’ accolade for her many years spent championing children’s rights. In 2019, Ms Roberts designed an initiative with the Sydney Alliance Group, enabling parents from asylum seeker backgrounds – who are ineligible for childcare subsidies – to realise their work or study dreams by having their children placed in reduced or no-cost childcare centres. She is also working on a comprehensive intergenerational program, where children and seniors can interact and learn together.

More about the HESTA Awards program here.