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Excellence Shines At 2016 Early Years Awards

19 October 2016

A Mornington woman known for her commitment to early education and her life-changing work with children with additional learning needs has been awarded the 2016 Early Childhood Teacher of the Year.

Meagan Hull of Bentons Square Kindergarten in Mornington was given the award last night at the 2016 Victorian Early Years Awards at the National Gallery of Victoria.

The awards, now in their 11th year, recognise exceptional contributions that individuals and organisations make to improving the learning and development of young children and supporting their families.

Full list of the 2016 Victorian Early Years Awards Winners:

  • Early Childhood Teacher of the Year Award: Meagan Hull, Bentons Square Kindergarten, Mornington
  • Improving Access and Participation in Early Learning Award: East Sunshine Kindergarten Early Childhood Access and Participation Project (ECAP), East Sunshine Kindergarten, with the Victorian Foundation for the Survivors of Torture
  • Supporting Parents to Build Their Capacity And Confidence Award: Family Early Learning Partnership (FELP), Hume City Council and partner agencies
  • Creating Collaborative Community Partnerships Award: A Collaborative Response to Family Violence in the East, Eastern Community Legal Centre and partner agencies
  • Promoting Children’s Health and Wellbeing Award: A holistic approach to improving community health outcomes at Jindi Kindergarten, Goodstart Early Learning and partner agencies
  • Minister’s Award: Coaching Koorie Kids – Early Years Health Promotion, Victorian Aboriginal Health Service and partner agencies.

Winners in each of the categories receive $15,000 to support the development of their program. The Early Childhood Teacher of the Year receives $10,000 for their professional development.

Quotes attributable to Minister for Families and Children Jenny Mikakos

“The Early Years Awards celebrate the hard work and dedication of some of our most inspiring early years professionals.”

“The time to shape lives starts during early childhood and these individuals and organisations have all had a lasting impact on children across Victoria.”

Reviewed 19 August 2020

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