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NT Education and Care Awards to honour early childhood teachers and carers

Nominations have opened for the 2018 Northern Territory Education and Care Awards, honouring our exceptional early childhood professionals.

Minister for Education Eva Lawler said the awards recognise the outstanding work being done in early childhood care and teaching, a key priority for the Territory Labor Government.

“Birth to five years is a crucial learning time for children, which is why it is important to recognise teachers and carers who are working hard to give Territory children a brighter future,” she said.

“Children who attend high quality early childhood programs before starting school transition into school more easily, and are often set up to do better in school and into adulthood.”

Ms Lawler encouraged parents and family members to nominate an early childhood teacher or carer who they felt deserved recognition.

Award categories include:

  • Outstanding emerging educator
  • Outstanding educator
  • Outstanding leadership
  • Outstanding achievement in community engagement
  • Outstanding achievement in innovative practice

The awards are open to a range of early childhood professionals and programs, from day and after school carers, to preschool and kindergarten teachers, to playgroups, rural and remote early childhood services, and programs such as the Families as First Teachers.

“Children’s early learning and wellbeing influence their future and it’s the early childhood education and care staff who work hard with every child to ensure their learning environment is engaging,” Ms Lawler said.

For more information or to nominate a teacher or carer, go to

Nominations close on Friday 27 July and the awards ceremony will be held on Friday 12 October.

Media contact: Kim Stephens 0417 683 144