2023 Affinity Awards Open for Nominations 

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Affinity Education Group is excited to announce the launch of its yearly national awards, celebrating outstanding achievements and excellence within the Early Education and Care sector. This year, the awards experienced a record-breaking response, with more than 634 nominations received across more than 225 centres Australia wide. The sheer number of nominations is a testament to the Educators' enthusiasm and pride across Affinity Education Group. The awards have created incredible excitement, with centres posting celebratory photos and videos on Facebook using the hashtag #2023AffinityAwards.


Milestones Early Learning Oxley Vale celebrates multiple nominations.

Recognising outstanding commitment, passion and performance  


Covering 32 categories, the nominees have shown excellence in their nominated field. Winners in each category will be announced in early December. The awards recognise outstanding commitment, passion and performance across several categories and professions, starting with Affinity Education Group's values: Being Completely Connected, Delivering Outstanding Professionalism, Going Above and Beyond, Creating Shining Stars, Living The Team Spirit and Having Serious Fun.  


Papilio Early Learning North Strathfield Blue celebrating their nominations in the spirit of ‘Serious Fun’ 


Other categories recognise Excellence in Safety, Quality, Education and Financial ManagementState Manager’s awards will be complemented by national winners for Best Centre Manager, Assistant Centre Manager, Early Childhood Teacher, Educational Leader, Lead Educator, Trainee and Cook




Natalie Riley from Milestones Early Learning Delacombe celebrates her nomination for Safety Leader of the Year with 'Earl the Emergency Bear' - a safety mascot and training tool the centre uses.  

Other categories recognise Excellence in Safety, Quality, Education and Financial ManagementState Manager’s awards will be complemented by national winners for Best Centre Manager, Assistant Centre Manager, Early Childhood Teacher, Educational Leader, Lead Educator, Trainee and Cook.

Going above and beyond

CEO Tim Hickey said that the awards started about five years ago. “Our ambition was to build a culture that recognizes and rewards our people for living our values and going above and beyond with performance. It has evolved and has become bigger and bigger. Affinityites keep going above and beyond to deliver amazing service to our parents and the children.” Mr Hickey said. 

“We have nominations for new Trainees, Cooks, Centre Managers, Assistant Centre Managers, Educational Leaders, and Early Childhood Teachers. Whichever role you play in our organization, we want to make sure that we give an opportunity to recognize you.” Mr Hickey said.


Milestones Early Learning Lakes Entrance celebrates a host of nominations.

Recognising those leading the way  

"The most important thing is that we're living our Affinity values because they differentiate us; it's what makes it different to work with us versus working with anyone else. We do live and breathe these values. These awards are a fantastic opportunity to recognise those who stand out and lead the way because we want to keep improving as an organisation," Mr Hickey said.   

The 2023 Affinity Awards National Winners will be announced on 11 December 2023.  

Recognising our valued sponsors 

The 2023 Affinity Awards have been made possible with the support of valued sponsors including:


Platinum Sponsor:

Proudly supporting facilities repair, playground and internal improvements and safety initiative projects nationally for Affinity! RockBuild Group are an Australian based leading provider, specialising in Design and Construction, Major and Minor Renovations, Project Management and Facilities Maintenance Services, specialising in the Retirement Living, Retail and Childcare sectors.


RockBuild have developed extensive experience and capability, to ensure we offer industry leading solutions to suit your specific construction project, renovation, programmed and reactive maintenance needs, offering a complete project management and construction service. At RockBuild Group, we take pride in our commitment to delivering exceptional results on every project we undertake. Our team of highly skilled and experienced professionals work closely with our clients to understand their needs and objectives, ensuring that we deliver customized solutions that meet their specific requirements.  


Gold Sponsors:


Proudly delivering fresh food to all Affinity Education Group Centres each week! Woolworths at Work makes managing business groceries simple. Order online in minutes and have your delivery unpacked on your bench the following day for free*. From quality Australian fresh produce to cleaning and office supplies, our great value range is loaded with healthy, sustainable options to suit your budget. With consistent pricing, reporting tools and zero paperwork, Woolworths at Work is the smart yet simple solution your business has been searching for.

*Next day orders over $99, excludes same day and partner delivery. Subject to availability, excludes remote locations.


Industry Graduates 

Proud to deliver training, development, and support to trainees, educators, Early Childhood Teachers and Centre Management Teams! Industry Graduates improves workforce capability through design and implementation of commercially focused strategies for employers and industry bodies. Industry Graduates have been working closely with Affinity to Realise Potential in all employees through our ‘Affinity Learning Academy’ model, which provides fully funded accredited training delivered by respected RTOs since 2017. We focus on attraction, recruitment, development and retention of candidates into the workforce from pre employment to leadership. 


Silver Sponsor:


Bronze Sponsors: