Helping children find their voice is why Monique Covacci is so passionate about being an early childhood educator.

Ms Covacci, of Featherbrook Kindergarten in Point Cook, is one of eight finalists in the national HESTA Early Childhood Education and Care Awards.

The awards acknowledge the outstanding work of educators and their commitment to improving learning outcomes for children.

HESTA chief executive Debby Blakey said the finalists were recognised for their outstanding work in creating innovative and inclusive learning environments for children.

“This year’s finalists have shown exceptional leadership and commitment to their roles as early childhood educators,” Ms Blakey said.

“We are pleased to recognise and shine a spotlight on the vital role these educators play in enhancing the learning outcomes of the next generation of young Australians.”

Ms Blakey said Ms Covacci was recognised for her approach to early learning.

“As a graduate teacher, Monqiue’s pedagogy is highly influenced by her passion for creating an authentic sense of wonder and fascination in children,” Ms Blakey said.

“The voice of the child and their rights underpins Monique’s everyday practice and drives her program as an early childhood educator at Featherbrook Kindergarten, where she teaches four-year-old children.”

Winners will be announced at an awards dinner on September 26