2022 Outstanding Education and Care Program Award

Communication with children is the theme for the 2022 Outstanding Education and Care Program Award.

‘Communication is crucial to belonging, being and becoming. From birth children communicate with others using gestures, sounds, language and assisted communication. They are social beings who are intrinsically motivated to exchange ideas, thoughts, questions and feelings, and to use a range of tools and media, including music, dance and drama, to express themselves, connect with others and extend their learning’
(Belonging, Being & Becoming the Early Years Learning Framework. P.41)

In 2018, 16.7% of Northern Territory children were identified as vulnerable in the communication domain of the Australian Early Development Census compared to the Australian average of 8.2%.

The 2022 NT Education and Care Awards seeks to celebrate services who deliver a program of excellence that focuses on improved communication outcomes for their children.


  • The early childhood education and care service or program is delivering a program of excellence that focuses on in delivering improved communication outcomes for children.
  • The program must be led by at least one early childhood educator or teacher who holds an ACECQA approved qualification.
  • Early childhood education and care service or program is located in the Northern Territory.
  • Early childhood education and care service or program caters for children aged from birth to 5 years (12 years for OSHC services).
  • Early childhood education and care service or program type is; outside school hours care, long day care, family day care, kindergarten, preschool, playgroup, Families as First Teachers or other service type that is not part of a formal schooling program from the year Transition onwards.
  • Nomination is endorsed by the supervisor or service provider.

How to nominate

The nomination process is easy. Simply go online to Nominations and complete the online nomination form containing the following questions.

  1. Describe the program and how it demonstrates excellence, including what the intentions of your program are, and the long term benefits for your children.
  2. Describe how staff;
    - worked collaboratively to research, plan and implement the program, and
    - consulted with stakeholders such as children, families and community.
  3. Describe the program activities.
  4. Describe how you are evaluating the program and outline how children are benefiting from participation including what outcomes are being observed.
  5. What reflective practice has the service implemented, or is planning to implement, based on learnings from the implementation of this program?


Shortlisted nominations will be required to provide evidence to the judging panel that demonstrates the programs delivery and evaluation. This could include: photographs, videos, work samples and educator evaluations.


Services and programs must ensure that they have written permission from parents and staff to share documentation of the program with the NT Education and Care Awards. This documentation may be used at the Award Ceremony and for promotional purposes on the NT Education and Care Awards Website.

Programming  for communication outcomes in children

Communication programs can focus on many areas including; listening and understanding, building relationships and social skills, becoming confident communicators, early language development and early literacy and numeracy skills.

Below are some short clips that may assist services and programs to focus on communication outcomes through programming.

AITSL - How many syllables in hippopotamus

Developing communication through meaningful interactions

The importance of dialogue in building oral language