Shining bright at our Aspires Awards

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What a dazzling night for our superstar teams at our inaugural The Aspires Awards. This event celebrated the ‘best of the best’ talent across Guardian.



Award finalists flew to Melbourne for an ‘All That Glitters’-themed evening. Twenty-three of our shining stars from more than 130 Guardian centres received peer-nominated awards, recognising their impact on the lives of young children. With more than 1,200 votes received across our Centres, the night was the perfect opportunity to showcase the talent we have across our Guardian child care Educators, Teachers, and team members.

Awards presented on the night:

People Category:

  • Assistant Centre Manager of the Year
  • Centre Manager of the Year
  • Cook / Chef of the Year
  • Educational Leader of the Year
  • Educator of the Year
  • Student of the Year
  • Teacher of the Year

Aspires Stars:

  • Aspiring Mate of the Year
  • Aspire Star of the Year
  • Innovation Award
  • Team of the Year
  • Support Office Star of the Year

The Aspires Teams of the Year was awarded to the Centres that strongly embody our Guardian mindsets of being ‘brave, professional, positive and thoughtful.’

A huge congratulations to winners Guardian Box Hill (VIC) and Guardian Acacia Gardens (NSW)! A well-deserved win for these Centres, both of whom hold an ‘Exceeding’ rating from ACECQA, the national body responsible for monitoring the quality of all registered child care centres in Australia.

Guardian Childcare & Education is so proud of our outstanding Educators, Teachers, and team members within our Centres. Child care jobs require dedicated, passionate Educators; we are so fortunate to have these amazing people committed to their work across our Babies, Toddlers, Preschool and Kindergarten programs.

“It is such a privilege to lead a network of people with such passion and talent. We work in this sector because we love what we do. A special congratulations to our Teams of the Year: Acacia Gardens and Box Hill, well done!”

– Sharon Whiteman, Guardian Chief Network Officer

“The Aspires Awards have been an amazing way to celebrate our people and build a culture of reward and recognition and collective celebration across the organisation. Congratulations to everyone who took part!”

– Warren Bright, Guardian CEO


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