Celebrating excellence
2017 Early Education & Care Award Winners
Australia's leaders in the early childhood education and care sector have been announced and celebrated at the annual Australian Family Awards night held in Sydney on Friday.

Some 200 sector professionals attended the awards, which is now in its 13th year and includes nominations from private and community long day care, family day care, occasional care, preschool, early learning centres and school age care groups.

The four national winners were:

MyLife MySuper Early Childhood Service of the Year:

DECD Family Day Care Northside

Nestle NAN Toddler Early Childhood Director of the Year:

Tara Eichmann (right)
Kuluin Early Learning Centre, Kuluin
Springfree Trampoline Early Childhood Educator of the Year:

Almut Weiler-Anderson (right)
KU Peter Pan Preschool, Paddington
Educational Experience Rising Star:

Benjamin Jackson
Day One Early Learning Centre - Victoria Point Campus, Victoria Point
Every year, nominations for the awards come from families, friends, colleagues and parents and to qualify as a finalist each nominee was required to provide a written submission demonstrating their achievements in practice and commitment to five key areas aligned with the National Quality Standards.

The four National Winners will share in over $50,000 in prizes including training and professional development grants and were selected from 18 State Winners. They were also required to meet with the judging panel to demonstrate their commitment to professional practice, ongoing quality improvement and innovation.

Judging Chairman and Australian Family Managing Director, Paul Clancy said it was hard to choose the national winners as the standard of nominees was very high.

"…Congratulations to this year's National Winners, each of you should be incredibly proud of your win and especially your dedication to the early years' education and care sector. As it is each year, it has been an incredibly tough judging process with a very high calibre of professionals in the sector committed, above and beyond, to the National Quality Standards," he said.

For more information and to see more pictures visit the Australian Family website.
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