Awards

KindiCare Excellence Awards 2021

The KindiCare Excellence Awards celebrate the top performing early childhood education and care centres right across Australia.

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2021 Award Winners

The KindiCare Excellence Awards

The KindiCare Excellence Awards were established to recognise and celebrate the outstanding early childhood education and care services delivered around Australia that support the early learning, growth and development of our children.

Early childhood education and care is hugely important in supporting a better future for our children and all Australians.

Goodstart Early Learning Tuggerah took out the top award nationally from all the state and territory finalists, achieving a perfect 10.0 KindiCare Rating, the first time any of the 16,500 early childhood education and care services on the KindiCare App have achieved a perfect score.

All winners in the inaugural KindiCare Excellence Awards have one thing in common; they are delivering outstanding early childhood education and care services, thanks to the hard work of childcare providers, their educators and staff in the communities that they serve.

In addition to the overall national and state and territory winners, 1,673 early childhood education and care services achieved an Excellent KindiCare of 9.0 or higher. In recognition of achieving an Excellent KindiCare Rating in the 2021 awards, all centres and services that achieved this rating have been sent a certificate to mark their contribution to early learning as well as a badge to display at their centre to highlight to families that the centre is one of less than 10% nationally who achieved this rating.

State & Territory Winners

KindiCare Excellence Awards State & Territory Winners 2021

New South Wales State Winner & Overall National Winner

Goodstart Early Learning Tuggerah, located on the Central Coast of New South Wales, took out top position in the state. Achieving the highest ever rating on the KindiCare App, Goodstart Tuggerah also has achieved the coveted Excellent Rating by ACECQA.

See the top 10 rated centres in New South Wales.

Queensland State Winner

A Head Start Children’s Centre Currumbin, located on Queensland’s Gold Coast, took out top position in the state. Achieving a rating of 9.8 on the KindiCare App, the centre also achieved an Exceeding National Quality Standards Rating by ACECQA.

See the top rated 10 centres in Queensland.

Western Australia State Winner

Located in the outer southern suburbs of Perth, Great Beginnings Secret Harbour took out top position in Western Australia. Achieving a rating of 9.6 on the KindiCare App, the centre also achieved an Exceeding National Quality Standards Rating by ACECQA.

See the top 10 rated centres in Western Australia.

Victoria State Winner

Goodstart Early Learning Hughesdale, located in Southeast Melbourne, Victoria, took out top position in the state. Achieving a rating of 9.9 on the KindiCare App, the centre also achieved an Exceeding National Quality Standards Rating by ACECQA.

See the top 10 rated centres in Victoria.

South Australia State Winner

The Learning Sanctuary Norwood, located close to the Adelaide CBD achieved top position in South Australia. Achieving a rating 9.5 on the KindiCare App, The Learning Sanctuary in Norwood also achieved an Exceeding National Quality Standards Rating by ACECQA.

See the top 10 rated centres in South Australia.

Australian Capital Territory Territory Winner

Located in the nation’s capital, Gungahlin Children’s Centre took out top position in the Australian Capital Territory. Achieving a rating of 9.6 on the KindiCare App, the centre also achieved an Exceeding National Quality Standards Rating by ACECQA.

See the top 10 rated centres in the Australian Capital Territory.

Tasmania Territory Winner

Located near Launceston in northern Tasmania, Goodstart Early Learning Kings Meadows was the highest rated in the state with a rating of 9.4 on the KindiCare App. The centre also achieved an Exceeding National Quality Standards Rating by ACECQA.

See the top 10 rated centres in the Tasmania.

Northern Territory Territory Winner

Located in a small community in East Arnhem Region, Yirrkala Preschool took out the top award in the Northern Territory. Achieving a rating of 9.8 on the KindiCare App, Yirrkala Preschool also has achieved the coveted Excellent Rating by ACECQA.

See the top 10 rated centres in the Northern Territory.

About the KindiCare Excellence Awards

About the KindiCare Excellence Awards

How the KindiCare Excellence Award winners and finalists are determined

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Excellence in early childhood education and care is so important to our children’s development and growth, and those centres that truly excel in the early learning services they provide should be celebrated!

Rather than being judged by early childhood education and care industry peers, the KindiCare Excellence Awards are determined by KindiCare primarily using the KindiCare Rating. Over 300,000 data points from the KindiCare App are used by the KindiCare Rating algorithm to determine a rating for each early childhood education and care service registered in Australia.

These data points included almost 125,000 reviews from families, over 25,000 current and historical ACECQA ratings under the National Quality Framework, including 15,400 current ACECQA ratings, as well as other information and data held by KindiCare regarding early learning services.

In addition to the national winner, and eight state and territory winners, there were a total of 1,673 early childhood education and care centres recognised in this year’s awards as having achieved an Excellent KindiCare Rating of 9.0 or higher. Each and every one of these centres received a formal acknowledgement from KindiCare of their rating which includes a decal to display at their centre to let families know it’s a top-rated centre.

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What is the KindiCare Rating

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The KindiCare Rating is the only rating in the early childhood education and care sector to combine data about a centre, feedback and reviews from families and government audits under the National Quality Framework together in one simple and easy to understand assessment of a childcare centre’s performance.

The KindiCare Rating makes it easy for families, childcare providers, government and other industry stakeholders and participants to understand how individual early childhood education and care services compare nationally as well as in their local markets, suburbs and regions.

See Read more about the KindiCare Rating.
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What benefits do KindiCare Excellence Awards winners receive?

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The national winner and each of the state and territory winners receive an award from KindiCare to be placed in their centre as recognition of their achievement of being the top performing early childhood education and care service nationally or in the relevant state or territory.

Every centre recognised in this year’s awards as having achieved a KindiCare Rating of 9.0 or higher gets:

  • A physical Kindicare Rated Excellent badge to display on a window or door at their winning centre.
  • A KindiCare Rated Excellent digital badge to use on websites, brochures, email campaigns and display advertising.
  • A promotional kit to help you publicise your centre’s achievement.

All winners will receive the congratulations letter and KindiCare Rated Excellent badge in the mail. Centres will also receive email over the next few weeks, with how to access the digital version the KindiCare Excellent Rated Badge. Look out for this email to instantly download and add the KindiCare Excellence award badge to your website, or alternatively, use the links below to access your digital badge.

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