Child Australia, in collaboration with organising partners Goodstart, Regional Early Education and Development (REED), The Y WA and Ngala, hosted WA’s first 2023 Early Childhood Learning & Development Sector Awards on Friday 17 April at Optus Stadium.
The awards serve as a platform to recognise and celebrate the exceptional contributions of individuals and organisations who have demonstrated unwavering commitment to delivering quality outcomes for children and families within the Early Childhood Sector.
“Now more than ever we need to come together to celebrate and acknowledge the commitment and dedication of sector professionals who strive to make a difference and a positive impact on the lives of children and families every day”, said Tina Holtom, Child Australia’s CEO.
24 finalists were selected for eight awards categories to acknowledge individuals and organisations, who have made significant contributions to the Early Childhood sector. 200 guests came together at Optus Stadium’s Sport Lounge as inspiring stories were showcased throughout the night.
“The evening was a huge success where emotions ran high as educators were recognised for their commitment and dedication in making a difference and a positive impact in the lives of children and families every day”, said Tina Holtom, Child Australia’s CEO.
An independent judging panel was appointed to select the best of best in the ECEC sector. The Panel consisted of key stakeholders from across the sector and other industries including Tertiary Education, Independent Training, and Local Government.
“It was an inspiring evening and such a privilege to be in the same room with so many high calibre individuals and representatives of the ECEC sector”, said Ms Holtom.
“Child care is a critical service across the country, including regions where we operate such as the Pilbara and Goldfields. The professionalism and care shown by early childhood educators contributes to the strength and sustainability of the sector and we’re proud to partner with Child Australia to recognise these achievements”, said Meath Hammond, BHP Head of Corporate Affairs WA
As well as the recognition that these awards bring, finalists will each receive $500, and winners will receive an additional $1,000 prize.
The 2023 Early Childhood Learning and Development Sector Awards were made possible thanks to major sponsor BHP and individual award sponsors CTAS Education, Xplor, Busybees, Wanslea, Goodstart, Ngala, the Y WA and REED.
The winners are: