2022 Education and Care Awards Gala

The Early Childhood Australia ACT Branch is pleased to be organising the 2022 Education and Care Awards Gala on Friday 30 September 2022. This event will promote, recognise and celebrate the exceptional work undertaken by the ACT education and care sector. Join us for the award ceremony with a three-course dinner and live entertainment.

The awards component of this event showcases the commitment, innovation and achievement of individuals and services within our sector. Nominations for the awards are open and finalists for each award category will receive a complimentary ticket to the awards gala. Winners will be announced on the evening.

Venue: Olympus Room, Hellenic Club, Matilda St, Woden
Date: Friday 30 September 2022
Time: 6:30 pm–11:30 pm
Dress:  After five/Cocktail


Category Early Bird Rate Full Rate
Member Ticket $85.00 $90.00
Non-Member Ticket $95.00 $100.00
Group booking – Table of 10 $850.00 $900.00

Please note:
• All registration fees are inclusive of GST.

Registrations for the 2022 Education and Care Awards Gala are now sold out! Please contact our customer service team on 6242 1800 to go onto a wait list for any available tickets. 

Award categories

The awards showcases the commitment, innovation and achievement of individuals and services within our sector in the following categories:

Sector Support Award
Education and care settings cannot operate without the support of key people. The people may not work directly with children or be in a leadership position, however, the contribution they make to the organisation is significant. This award will recognise and celebrate the supporters in the ACT sector.

Rising Star Award
This award is open to individuals who are at the early stages of their career in the education and care profession. The award will recognise individuals working in approved education and care settings and may also acknowledge those studying towards an approved qualification.

Sector Advocacy Award
Advocacy is vital for the work undertaken by education and care professionals. There are many individuals both within education and care settings and more broadly in the ACT community who make a significant contribution to the sector and the profession through their advocacy. This award will recognise and celebrate these local achievements.

Innovation in Pedagogy and Practice Award
This award is open to individuals and services wanting to share and celebrate innovative and transformative pedagogy and practice. The award will include four sub-categories to recognise family day care, education and care of children from birth to three years and three to five years, as well as out of school hours care.

Educator or Early Childhood Teacher Award
This award is open to individuals employed as educators who work in a direct role with children and families. The award will celebrate the essential role that educators play, not only in the lives of children and families but also in society.

Director Award
This award is open to individuals employed in the role of director, c00entre manager or coordinator of an approved education and care setting located in the ACT. It will highlight the critical role played by leaders in the sector and how they drive quality within their organisations.

Educational Leader Award
Founded on the advocacy work originally undertaken by the ACT Pedagogical Leadership Network, this award is open to individuals who are currently employed in the role of educational leader.


Key dates

2022 Selection process Key date
Nominations open and ticket sales begin 26 July 2021
Nominations close 29 July 2022
Finalists notified and announced 26 August 2022
Interviews for finalists at ECA National Office 7 & 8 September 2022
Ticket sales close 16 September 2022
2021 Education and Care Awards Gala 30 September 2022


Early Childhood Australia ACT Committee acknowledges the support of our sponsors who contribute and make this event possible. Thank you to all our sponsors.

Gold Sponsor
Coombs Early Learning

Coombs Early Learning are a committed Team of Educators, bringing the best experiences to children for learning with nature, becoming citizens of tomorrow, teaching children how to care for Mother Earth and immersing children in the nature of Canberra, is central in our program.  Staff are committed to Action Research and understand that Innovation needs to keep pace with Children and the world around us.  In an ever changing environment, Coombs commit as professionals we will ourselves immerse in life long learning to bring the best future of possibilities for all children.  Coombs Early Learning understand that for children imagination is endless and the sky is the limit, giving our children exposure to new and varied experiences daily.

Silver Plus Sponsor


Our story begins in 2019. A small team of dedicated educators met to redefine the landscape of early education for the Canberra region and beyond. Bringing a wealth of experience from many different settings, they set out to create learning spaces for young children that were a point of difference. They knew the critical role that professional educators would play in achieving goal and ensuring that educators’ wellbeing is supported was deemed a priority. From these early stages emerged Wonderschool’s WIRE values: WONDER, INTEGRITY, RESPECT, EMPOWERMENT. These values have formed the foundation of all things Wonderschool, and still resound deeply through all critical organisational decision making.

We value each child and nurture them as individuals and our vision is to create connected communities that empower our children so that they can change the world. This is a community where interests and creativity can be shared without judgment. A community that encourages diversity, respect, and discovery. A community where we can each play a small role in creating a big impact during this important stage of children’s lives. Our focus is to ensure that our services meet these diverse needs and provide families with a standard of education that exceeds their expectations. At Wonderschool, we have a commitment to social justice. We respect the uniqueness of all members of our community, their values, and diverse abilities. We always act with integrity to empower everyone to reach their full potential, so that they can experience fully the wonder of being.

Silver Sponsor

Bronze Sponsor

Authentic School Portraits

Award Sponsors

    • Manuka Childcare
    • Semann & Slattery
    • Early Childhood Australia Australian Capital Territory Committee
    • Pallet Play

Contact Early Childhood Australia to discuss sponsorship opportunities:

T:02 6242 1800
E: awards@earlychildhood.org.au