Ten extraordinary early childhood educators and services were today announced as finalists in the 2021 HESTA Early Childhood Education & Care Awards.
Nominees from New South Wales dominated across all categories, with finalist achievements including an innovative sustainability education program, outstanding learning support for children in a rural community with disabilities and the creation of a culturally safe learning space for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children and families.
HESTA CEO Debby Blakey paid tribute to all finalists for their outstanding leadership and commitment to creating inclusive learning environments for children during difficult times.
“I think the global pandemic has resulted in Australians recognising the critical work our early childhood educators and carers do every day. They’re essential to keeping our economy strong, and for ensuring Australia continues to have a bright future,” Ms Blakey said.
“Congratulations to all nominees and finalists for their continued dedication to supporting the next generation of young Australians. HESTA is privileged to help share their stories and recognise their important work.”
The awards acknowledge the tremendous work of individuals and organisations who demonstrate a deep commitment to improving learning outcomes for children.
ME CEO Adam Crane said the bank was proud to recognise the achievements of these critical educators and services as a longstanding supporter of the Awards.
“All of these finalists are guiding Australia’s future. They are giving our children the best chance of fulfilling their potential. ME is so proud to recognise their exceptional achievements today,” Mr Crane said.
Winners will be revealed on 7 September 2021 in Brisbane as part of the Early Childhood Australia National Conference.