Founder and CEO of KindiCare announces the winners of the 2021 KindiCare Excellence Awards.
Excellence in early childhood education and care is so important to our childrens’ development and growth, and those centres that truly excel in the early learning services they provide should be celebrated!
We all know how challenging and stressful the past 12 months has been for childcare providers and their educators and staff in continuing to provide early childhood education and care services to the local communities that their centres serve.
COVID-19 has impacted, and continues to impact childcare centre operators, educators and families. Despite this, early childhood education and care services have continued to operate with dedication and commitment, ensuring the growth and development of the next generation has continued despite the challenging environment.
KindiCare Founder and CEO Benjamin Balk said that the KindiCare Excellence Awards were established as a way to recognise and honour the top performing early childhood education and care services nationally, and their educators and staff, based on both community feedback from families using services as well as each centre’s performance under the National Quality Framework from ACECQA.
“We’re delighted to announce the first ever winners of the KindiCare Excellence Awards. A well-deserved win for Goodstart Early Learning and the team at Goodstart Early Learning Tuggerah on not only on taking out the top award for New South Wales, but also the top award nationally!”
“As a dad with children using early childhood education and care services, I believe that excellence in early learning is something that should be celebrated, and the KindiCare Excellence Awards provide recognition of the fantastic work Australia’s early childhood education and care providers are doing for the growth and development of our little ones, at a crucial time in their lives.”
“The national winner, state and territory winners and finalists should be incredibly proud of what they have achieved against the backdrop of a very difficult environment.”
● National Winner – Goodstart Early Learning Tuggerah (KindiCare rating 10.0)
● New South Wales – Goodstart Early Learning Tuggerah (KindiCare rating 10.0)
● Victoria – Goodstart Early Learning Hughesdale (KindiCare rating 9.9)
● Queensland – A Head Start Children’s Centre (KindiCare rating 9.8)
● Northern Territory – Yirrkala Preschool (KindiCare rating 9.8)
● Western Australia – Great Beginnings Secret Harbour (KindiCare rating 9.6)
● Australian Capital Territory – Gungahlin Children’s Centre (KindiCare rating 9.6)
● South Australia – The Learning Sanctuary Norwood (KindiCare rating 9.5)
● Tasmania – Goodstart Early Learning Kings Meadows (KindiCare rating 9.4)
“This year’s awards show that excellence in early childhood education can be delivered regardless of the size, governance model or structure of the childcare provider, and it’s great to see both large childcare providers and small independent operators on the list.”
“All winners in the inaugural KindiCare Excellence Awards 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.”
With all registered early childhood education and childcare centres in Australia listed on the KindiCare App, it provides a one-stop-shop that is changing the way parents find early learning services for their children across the country.
In addition to the state and territory winners and finalists, KindiCare also recognised 1,673 early childhood education and care services nationally that achieved an Excellent KindiCare Rating of 9.0 or higher, which was 10% of early childhood education and care centres and services nationally.
Childcare Simplified. The KindiCare App supports your search for childcare with every childcare provider and service, ratings and reviews all in one place. For more information on how to access transparent and up to date information about Australia’s top rated childcare centres, download the KindiCare App.