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End of Financial Year Sale

Take advantage of our End of Financial Year promotion and secure bookings for your entire team to attend our most popular training sessions, now offered at a convenient evening time slot due to popular request.



CELA Jobs Board

We have nearly 100 job postings on the CELA job board. Take a look - and don't forget that CELA members can post to the board if you have vacancies.  



Guild extends Workers Compensation insurance offering

Guild Early Learning (GEL) is Workers Compensation specifically developed for childcare, preschool and kindergarten centres in NSW.

To learn more about GEL and how it can help protect your business and staff’s wellbeing, call 1800 810 213 or visit

By CELA 21 May, 2024

Celebrating community early education and care in Parliament House

Last week Treasurer Jim Chalmers confirmed that the Federal Budget includes a multi-billion dollar provision towards wage increases for early childhood educators. 

We share memorable quotes and photos from our post-budget breakfast with Minister Anne Aly, how long day care services can register for more information on benefiting from funding for wage increases, plus an overview of other ECEC-related budget measures. 

By Jennifer Hertel 20 May, 2024

Coonamble Children's Services: From loose parts play to a recycled arts prize

Who would have thought that playing with loose parts could lead to a group of preschool children winning an art prize? 

Coonamble Children's Services Room Leader Jennifer Hertel shares the inspiring journey that began with an interest in vehicles and evolved into a creative exploration of recycled materials. This adventure culminated in their project, "Recycled Rainbows," winning a prize at the Coonamble Waste 2 Art 2024 competition. Jen's story showcases the power of creativity and community engagement in early childhood education.

By CELA 13 May, 2024

Federal funding for ECEC pay increases announced

Ahead of tonight’s budget, the Treasurer has confirmed that the Federal Budget will include a multi-billion dollar provision towards wage increases for early childhood educators.

Community Early Learning Australia (CELA) and Community Child Care Association (CCC), the peak bodies who are negotiating this historic deal on behalf of small and community early education providers, have welcomed the Treasurer’s announcement.

Find out more, and register your expression of interest to be involved. 

CELA acknowledges all Traditional Custodians across Australia and recognises First Nations Peoples connection to their lands, skies and waterways. We pay respect to Elders past, present and emerging. Together we work towards a better future for all children, families and communities. 

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