Aunty Rose Bamblett commemorated with dedicated award

NOW in its 18th year, the Victorian Early Years Awards celebrates the outstanding work of our early childhood sector in improving the learning, health and wellbeing of young Victorian children and their families.

It’s now time for Victorians to nominate their most innovative, inspiring and dedicated early childhood teachers, educators, organisations and programs. All award winners will receive $15,000 to support their professional development or to further develop their program or initiative.

Minister for Early Childhood and Pre-Prep Ingrid Stitt has opened nominations for this year’s awards and encouraged Victoria’s early childhood professionals and services, parents and carers, and the broader community to nominate those who they believe deserve to be recognised in any of the nine categories.

In 2023, the awards will celebrate the leadership, outstanding achievement, dedication and innovation of early childhood professionals in a range of categories, including improving access and participation, promoting children’s health and wellbeing, supporting parents, and continuity of learning.

The importance of Aboriginal inclusion and perspectives in ensuring all early childhood services are accessible to Koorie children and families will also be recognised, with a newly dedicated award commemorating the life and legacy of Yorta Yorta, Wiradjuri woman Aunty Rose Bamblett (1947 to 2022).

Nominations for the Victorian Early Years Awards close on 14 June, with finalists announced in September. For more information or to submit a nomination, visit