Kalkallo preschool teacher recognised

Louise Bayley was awarded the Early Childhood Teacher of the Year award. Photo by Damjan Janevski. 258035_01

Kalkallo Preschool teacher Louise Bayley was “surprised and very flattered” about being awarded the Early Childhood Teacher of the Year award.

The award is part of the 2021 Victorian Early Years Awards, which recognise and celebrate the work of Victoria’s early childhood education sector.

Ms Bayley was honoured for her work in promoting cultural understanding, equality and diversity and building strong partnerships with families, and tailoring learning environments and supports to improve children’s and families’ health and wellbeing.

Ms Bayley said she had been nominated by the family of a child she cares for – which meant more to her than the award itself.

“It’s so comforting to know that we’ve still been able to, throughout COVID-19 and everything else, make a difference,” she said.

“We involve parents as much as we can in the service, so that it’s meaningful to them and for them.

“The award is overwhelming, I’m still in a bit of shock.”

Ms Bayley said the team of co-educators that she works with were instrumental at the preschool in providing the quality service.

“I really value the other staff,” she said.

“I want to recognise them… it’s very much a team effort.”

Ms Bayley said she was excited to explore the professional development opportunities that the award afforded her.

Michaela Meade