Victorian Early Years Awards winners announced soon

Recognising outstanding early years organisations, teachers and educators.

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Excitement is building for the 2023 Victorian Early Years Awards, which will be held on Thursday 9 November 2023.

Now in their 18th year, the awards celebrate the exceptional contributions of the outstanding professionals working in our early childhood education sector.

This year, the spotlight will be on the recipients of the 2 new awards to be announced on the night – Educator of the Year and the Aunty Rose Bamblett award.

The Aunty Rose Bamblett award recognises the importance of Aboriginal inclusion and perspectives in ensuring all services are accessible to Koorie children and families, and commemorates the work and legacy of the late Aunty Rose Bamblett.

The Educator of the Year award recognises the vital contribution early childhood educators make to children and early childhood services.

The finalists

Twenty-six leaders in early childhood education are in the running for the top honours, including 6 nominees for our 2 new awards.

For the Aunty Rose Bamblett award, the finalists are:

  • Yirram Burron and Perridak Burron Early Learning - Ballarat and District Aboriginal Co-operative
  • Rosedale Uniting Kindergarten
  • Town and Country Children’s Centre.

For the Educator of the Year award, the finalists are:

  • Sue Bullock from Kinglake Ranges Children's Centre
  • Brittany Hood from Edithvale Family and Children's Centre
  • Wida Tausif from Glen Education Chelsea Kindergarten.

Along with all of our other finalists, they exemplify the vital work happening in the sector every day to support the critical early years of children’s lifelong education journeys.

You can learn more about all of this year’s finalists by checking out the Victorian Early Years Awards finalist profiles on our website.

About the Victorian Early Years Awards

Finalists were selected by a panel of judges following a rigorous application and shortlisting process.

Winners receive grants of $15,000 towards professional development or to further develop their program or initiative.

Find out more

For more information on the awards, refer to the Victorian Early Years Awards website.

For further enquiries, contact the department by email: