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The Top Schools Award for UAE Early Childhood Teacher of the Year. Top Schools Awards 2023 Nomination and Entry Forms.

by Jon WestleyDecember 7, 2022

Below is the official entry form for the Top Schools Award for Early Childhood Teacher of the Year, the first of our Awards for the UAE’s most outstanding teachers.  This Award is being run in conjunction with our sister publication, WhichSchoolAdvisor, in recognition of its long-standing expertise in this vital area of education.

Outstanding teachers ensure that every child has a happy education that meets their needs, ambitions and potential in full – and helps them discover their individual gifts. Early Years teachers give our youngest children the foundations for a life of achievement, impact and meaning. Teachers are beyond important and these Awards for Teachers are arguably the most important of any in the Top Schools Awards. We need to celebrate our teachers much more for all they do each day for our children.

For this Award, we are looking for the most extraordinary Early Years teachers – those for whom teaching is a vocation and whose impact goes above and beyond in creating opportunities for children. We want to celebrate teachers that make the most profound contribution to the lives of our youngest children, preparing them for their journey in education and life before them – and setting each day ablaze with inspiration, a celebration of inquisitiveness, happiness – and the confidence to learn, care for others and be themselves.

For Schools

The Top Schools Award for UAE Early Childhood Teacher of the Year 2023-24 – teachers/schools download application here.

For Parents and Students

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Pictured: a young girl dramatising the feeling of being hugged by Mum as part of Early Years practice to build links between school and home for young children joining a school

Early Years parents and students – we want to hear from you! If you believe that your child(ren) are being taught by an absolutely extraordinary and outstanding teachers who has made a profoundly positive and inspirational impact on you and your child(ren), please contact us with your answer to the following. “I would like to nominate [name of teacher], in class [name of class] at X school [name of school] because …. ” Please email us at [email protected]. You can write as little or as much as you wish, and please include photographs if possible.

Please note that this Award is open to Early Years teachers in both independent Early Years Centres and dedicated Early Years Centres within schools. However, any teacher nominated within a school must only teach, and be a specialist in, Early Years education.

The Top Schools Awards 2023-24

Top Schools Awards 2023 The STEAM Years

This year, the Top Schools Awards are celebrating outstanding achievement in our schools with a particular focus on how schools inspire children by linking all subject areas to bring the extraordinary wonders of the Arts, creativity, imagination – and freedom to experiment and innovate, into all areas of the curriculum including, Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics.[/caption]

Pictured: young children playing with blocks together as part of development of fine motoring skills, the imagination and care for eachother.

We believe, passionately, that the Arts are absolutely fundamental to delivering an outstanding education for every child, one focused on the whole child and the gifts all children have to change the world for the better and make the difference – every day, and in the future. They bring STEM to life.

Rocket Girl – the Arts and Sciences, together, brought to life

Photograph shows accredited Space Girl and Rocket Pilot for the Top Schools Awards 2023 - GEMS Wellington Academy Year 6 student Sofie wows with courage and bravery on the Jet Pack's inaugural flight

In November 2023, members of the TSA Space and Rocket programme completed first phase testing of the ImaginationTM powered Jet Pack specially manufactured for this year’s Awards. We are particularly grateful for the assistance of the extraordinary and accredited Rocket Pilot and Space Girl Nina from GEMS Wellington Academy Al Khail (pictured) for her considerable, and quite, totally, awesome, bravery and kindness in completing Year 6 rocket pack inaugural flight testing.

Without her, and those many other children we visited across the UAE, none of this would have been possible. They made us… believe.

Further Information

For schools seeking further information on The Top Schools Awards 2023 – 2024, please contact [email protected]

Read our Guide to the Top Schools Awards 2023 – 2024 here, including details of our Awards for STEAM and Bursaries.

Read about the Top Schools Award for Fine Art and Creative Studio Work here.

Read about the Top Schools Award for Music here.

Read about the Top Schools Award for Sport here.

Read about the Top Schools Award for Environmental Science and Sustainability here.

Read about the Top Schools Award for the Best School in the UAE for “Architecture and Design to Inspire Children in a UAE School” here.

Read about the Top Schools Award for the Theatre, Dance and the Performing Arts here.

Read about the Top Schools Award for the UAE Early Years Teacher of the Year 2023-24 here.

Read our Guide to Reggio Emilio Early Years Learning here

Read our Guide to British Pre-school Education here

Read our Montessori Pre-school Curriculum Guide here

Read our earlier Guide to some of the Best Pre-schools in the UAE here.

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Jon Westley
Jon Westley is the Editor of and UK. You can email him at jonathanwestley [at]

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