The Department of Education and the Key Stakeholder Advisory Group (KSAG) for early childhood and school age education and care established the Northern Territory Education and Care Awards in 2013.
The annual awards aim to:
- promote quality and outstanding achievement across the education and care sector
- recognise educators and services that are delivering quality learning opportunities, are innovative in their approach and demonstrate exceptional commitment to achieving quality outcomes for children and their families
- increase awareness and recognition of quality practice across education and care services
- build capacity and profile of the sector
- promote professionalism of the sector
- provide a networking opportunity for educators, service operators and stakeholders.
AN instrument to celebrate the successes of our Sector thus driving change through collaboration, empowerment, key learnings, leadership and innovation.
Child Australia pioneered, funded and hosted the original NT Childcare Awards in 2009 and 2010. As the organisational core business model expanded into service delivery in 2011 the decision was taken not to continue with these awards. Following the Department of Education’s keen foresight to revisit the concept again in 2013 but this time as a government sponsored event Child Australia was the natural choice to be asked to facilitate the Awards.
Hence from 2013 it was decided that the role of co-ordinator be shared and thus an EOI process was developed to attract those organisations across the sector interested in conducting the Awards.
In 2015 and 2017 Child Australia once again facilitated the Awards which were extremely successful having met all stated objectives. Additionally Child Australia played an integral role in re-developing the Awards TOR to industry standard and will collaborate with the Judging Coordinator to successfully bring the awards to fruition.