2019 Excellence in Early Childhood Education Awards

It is with great excitement that the Australian Childcare Alliance (ACA) NSW will host the 2019 Excellence in Early Childhood Education Awards!

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Awards Celebration will be on the evening of Saturday, 26 October 2019 at Sydney's Shangri-La Hotel, The Rocks.

This program is the largest awards program conducted annually in NSW and shines a light on best practices and raises the profile of the sector.

Dedicated professionals continue to improve their skills and qualifications and do a fantastic job for young children – this is your chance for your service and staff to be recognised and celebrated. The program is already the highlight of the early childhood education’s calendar, promoting the excellence of large, small, regional, metropolitan, private and community services, as well as individuals and teams.


It identifies activities and the talents who contribute in making early childhood education of benefit for future generations. There are many ways to nominate. It could be that you present your annual children’s educational program in your service, or you introduce some activities around the themes in this booklet. You may wish to present a special week or a series of planned activities during the year. There are categories for every service within early childhood education and care.

Services and individuals were invited to submit for one or more categories by answering just a few criteria questions. The winners are chosen by a panel of independent expert judges that is representative of the diversity and expertise of early childhood education:

Dr Brenda Abbey, Principal, Childcare By Design  Anmol Lohia, Centre Director, Bambini of Lilyfield
Kristy Andrews, Director, KindyHub Lisa McGhee, Managing Director, Childcare Focus
Claudia Canalicchio, Partnership Manager, Careforkids Jessica McKinnon, Director, Jacaranda Cottage
Rhonda Collier, NSW Manager, Childcare Concepts Marianne Wehby, Skills Engagement Executive, SkillsIQ
Vanessa Iakovakis, Trainer, Early Education & Care Cottage Marianna Villareal, Centre Director, Little Kingdom
Diane Lawson, Former CEO, CELA Alison Wharton, Director, Kindalin

The finalists will be invited to the Awards Presentation Evening on Saturday, 26 October 2019 at the Shangri-La Hotel (176 Cumberland Street, The Rocks (Sydney)) that brings the sector together with services, associations, dignitaries and sponsors collectively acknowledging the commitment of services, their staff, families and communities that services young children. This is your opportunity to be involved in the largest and most celebrated event for early childhood education.

To assist with the nominations process, the Australian Childcare Alliance NSW is hosting 13 free webinars between 17 June 2019 and 31 July 2019 to explain how easy it is now to make one or more submissions. Participants will also receive a copy of the slides and recorded video after each webinar so that they can share with their staff and services to ensure maximum impact from their submission(s). Please note that the closing date for nominations will be at 11.59 pm on Wednesday, 31 July 2019.

Click here to download the 2019 Excellence in Early Childhood Education Awards booklet


And thank you to all our sponsors, partners and supporters! We are unable to have the 2019 Excellence in Early Childhood Education Awards without you.

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