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Victorian Early Years Awards

Celebrating the outstanding work of our early childhood sector to improve the learning, health and wellbeing of Victorian children and their families.

With the permission of family, this information includes the names of Aboriginal people who have passed.

2024 Victorian Early Years Awards

Now in its 19th year, the Victorian Early Years Awards (VEYA) celebrate leadership, outstanding achievement, exceptional dedication and innovation in improving outcomes for children aged birth to eight years and their families.

The 9 award categories focus on improving engagement in learning, supporting parents, building collaborative community partnerships, improving child health and wellbeing, exemplary practice in early childhood education, leadership and significant improvement on learning and teaching practices.

Winners are recognised as the best in Victoria for their category and go on to develop and share their inspiring work with their communities. Winners of each category will receive a grant of $15,000 for professional development or to support their nominated initiative. The finalists in each category are also eligible to win the prestigious Minister’s Award, selected by the Minister for Children.

With the roll out of three year old kindergarten, there's never been a better time to recognise and celebrate the great work happening every day in the early childhood sector.

Read about the 2023 VEYA finalists and winners.

Nominate here

Key dates

  • Nominations open: Wednesday 1 May 2024
  • Nomination writing support webinar: Wednesday 15 May 2024
  • Nomination writing support available from: Wednesday 1 May – Friday 7 June 2024
  • Nomination closing date has been extended to Monday 17 June 2024
  • Finalists announced: late August 2024
  • Awards ceremony: Thursday 7 November 2024

Promotional material 

Download the 2024 promotional materials and help us spread the word about this year’s VEYA and encourage nominations to recognise the early childhood sector.

Further information

To read the 2024 Victorian Early Years Awards nomination guide visit Victorian Early Years Awards nomination guide.

To read the 2024 Victorian Early Years Awards Terms and conditions visit Victorian Early Years Awards Terms and Conditions.

For information about nomination writing support, please visit writing tips.

If you have any queries in regard to the Victorian Early Years Awards please email

For information on previous award winners, please visit our Honour Roll page.