Educational Experience has been a proud sponsor of the peak awards for the early years education sector, the Australian Family Early Education and Care Awards for 7 years. Over 200 industry leaders from around Australia gathered last Friday, July 19 to celebrate all the nominees at the annual Gala Dinner.

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The Awards, in their eleventh year, celebrate and acknowledge the commitment hard work and passion by outstanding leaders and services in our community, the Awards showcase all levels of experience and qualification across all program types. The awards are a key sector event recognising Australia’s Early Childhood Professionals.

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Educational Experience’s General Manager, Angela Gibson has been a vocal supporter of the Awards for many years. ‘It is our time to celebrate the excellence that underpins every facet of education in Australia,’ said Angela. When presenting the Educational Experience Rising Star Award, Angela highlighted how the Awards had grown from a lunch time event with representatives from some states, to the feature event for the year, held in the stunning Grand Ballroom of the Shangri-La Hotel, Sydney with industry leaders and educators from every state and territory.

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The National Winners:

Catholic Super Early Childhood Service of the Year, Jindi Woraback Children's Centre,St Albans, Victoria

Nestle NAN Toddler Early Childhood Director of the Year, Jacqueline Taylor, Rainbow Station Early Education Ctr, Casino, NSW

Australian Family Early Childhood Educator of the Year, Lee-Anne Most, Glendale Early Education Centre, Glendale, NSW

Educational Experience Rising Star Award, Emma Larsen, Avenel Preschool, Avenel, VIC

All state finalists and national winners share in over $75,000 in prizes including $40,000 in training and professional development grants.