2022 HESTA Early Childhood Education & Care Award winners announced
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2022 HESTA Early Childhood Education & Care Award winners announced

by Freya Lucas

October 10, 2022

The winners of the 2022 HESTA Early Childhood Education & Care Awards were announced on Friday evening during a celebration in Canberra.


Goodstart Early Learning Glenfield Park won the Advancing Pedagogy & Practice category for its commitment to improving children’s abilities to regulate their emotions and engage in learning, with the integration of a ‘Trauma-Informed Mindfulness’ program.


Explore & Develop Penrith was awarded Outstanding Organisation, for its leadership and innovation to support the mental health and wellbeing of young children through the ‘Key Resilience, Mental Health and Trauma’ program.


Individual Leadership winner Elizabeth Price from Gloucester Preschool & Early Years Learning Centre was recognised for her commitment to challenge and inspire children through natural learning environments.


The winners and finalists were congratulated by HESTA CEO Debby Blakey who acknowledged the significant impact they have made in their respective communities. 


“Our early childhood educators and carers are critical members of our communities. It all starts with them; they’re laying the foundations of education for our future generations,” she said. 


“The level of professionalism and leadership shown, as they continue to provide vital education and care for our youngest Australians is to be admired and celebrated. We are so grateful for the enormous impact they make for our society and it’s a great privilege to be able to help share these inspiring stories and recognise their important work.”


Awards sponsor ME Bank CEO Martine Jager praised the winners and said the bank was proud to be a long-time supporter of the HESTA Awards program.


“Every child deserves a quality early education and that’s exactly what these winners provide each and every day. They demonstrate care and leadership in early childhood education and a dedication that goes well above the call of duty. The team and I at ME Bank are very proud to support these winners.”


The three winners each received $10,000, courtesy of ME Bank, for professional development or to improve services or processes in the workplace.


For more information, visit hestaawards.com.au

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