media release


06 May 2019


Nominate now to recognise an outstanding early childhood educator


If you know an outstanding early childhood professional who deserves recognition, now is the time to nominate them for the 2019 HESTA Early Childhood Education & Care Awards.

The Awards recognise early childhood educators and carers – 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.

Nominations for the awards are being sought from employers, colleagues and families and are open until 30 June 2019.

HESTA CEO, Debby Blakey, said the making a nomination was an opportunity to recognise the exceptional work being done in the sector.

“Early childhood educators and carers provide a pillar of support for Australian families, allowing parents return to work knowing their children are learning and developing in a safe environment,” Ms Blakey said.

“Submitting a nomination is an opportunity to acknowledge the achievements of those who have enhanced learning outcomes for children and demonstrated outstanding leadership, innovation and professionalism.” 

ME -  the bank for you – a longstanding Awards sponsor, are generously providing the $30,000 prize pool, to be divided among the winner in the three award categories — Advancing Pedagogy and Practice, Outstanding Graduate and Building Inclusion.

ME CEO Jamie McPhee said the bank was incredibly honoured to help bring recognition to the outstanding work of early childhood professionals.

“Early childhood professionals provide a service vital to the Australian community. They are challenging roles that are also often under-recognised, which is why these awards are so important in shining a spotlight on the exceptional work they do,” said Mr McPhee.

“ME is incredibly honoured to have been supporting the HESTA Awards since 2007, and we hope to continue doing so for many years to come.”

Winners will receive $10,000 in a ME Everyday Transaction account towards further education or team development.

Finalists will receive complimentary registration for the Early Childhood Australia National Conference, with interstate finalists flown to Hobart to attend the awards dinner on 26 September 2019.

Submit an online nomination today at

The 2018 winners were:

Advancing Pedagogy and Practice

Lady Gowrie Tasmania Integrated Child and Family Centre
South Hobart, TAS

Awarded for their evidence-based action research project which builds early childhood educators’ capacity to create opportunities for children to flourish in the areas of physical health and wellbeing.

Outstanding Graduate

Sharon Alexander
Lilyfield Early Learning Centre
Sydney, NSW

Awarded for designing a peer mentoring program for staff, which supports educators in setting professional development goals and encourages them to critically reflect on their work.

Building Inclusion

Mikarie Child Care Centre
Kirrawee, NSW

Awarded for their early childhood education and care service and curriculum that caters to children with and without a disability in one setting.




Media contact:

Sam Riley

Media Relations Manager

(03) 8660 1684


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