An event of professional growth, networking and a chance to recharge for directors and leaders in the Early Education sector.

Did you miss the 2018 Director’s Retreat or want to experience it all over again? The feedback was so overwhelmingly positive, CELA is running the event again.


The 2019 Director’s Retreat in Byron Bay will build on the success of previous retreats, welcoming you to a learning environment focused on leadership, professionalism, and wellbeing. You will be supported to identify your strengths, set intentions, and pinpoint strategies for growth. Join the many educators that have left our retreats feeling revitalised and inspired.


Location: Byron Bay

Date: 27-30 May 2019

Cost: Members $800, Non Members $850


27 May – Evening Drinks and a time to meet everyone before the Retreat starts
28 May – Day 1
29 May – Day 2
30 May – ½ day reflection and implementation


Only 20 places available. Book your spot soon to avoid missing out!


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“Thank you for making me look at things in a new light and helping me realise that I am enough. I pride myself on being an advocate for the children in my care and this has been a reminder of how great of an educator I am!” Nov 2018

“I will take away the confirmation of the feelings and passions I have for this industry and how important it is to find out, coach and mentor my team to find these passions themselves.” Nov 2018

“Thank you all so much for putting together an experience so rich in value both personally and professionally.” Nov 2018

“I feel incredibly blessed to have been allowed the space and time to connect with such amazing educators and masters of their profession.” Nov 2018

NESA endorsed

Completing The Directors Retreat will contribute 12 hours of NESA Registered PD addressing standard descriptor 6.2.2 from the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers towards maintaining Proficient Teacher Accreditation in NSW.

Meet the facilitators

Kerrie MaguireKerrie Maguire has been working in children’s services for over 20 years. During this time, she has fostered a passionate belief in the significance educators have in the lives of the children they work with. She is a resourceful problem-solver with a broad skill base across early childhood learning and development. Kerrie’s focus is on practice, programming, documenting, effective communication and team building, in Long Day Care, Preschool, OSHC and Mobile children’s services. She is a highly experienced facilitator who has successfully delivered training across a range of methods such as face-to-face and webinar. Combined with a deep understanding of the National Quality Framework, Learning Frameworks and Supplementary regulations, she possesses the ability to provide effective one-on-one advisory support, mentoring and training.

Helen ThorntonHelen is a highly motivated individual with a broad background and training as a teacher, director, coordinator, lecturer, consultant, mentor, trainer and presenter. Helen has more than 30 years’ experience working in education, in Australia and the UK.
Helen has a particular interest in advocacy, mentoring, early childhood, positive leadership, inter-generational opportunities, mental health and well-being, in addition to recognising the importance of strong support and professional networks within communities. She has a Bachelor of Education (Early Childhood), Diploma in Education (London University), Advanced Diploma of Community Sector Management CHC 60312, and Cert IV in Training and Assessment TAE 40110.

For more information please contact our team: or call 1800 157 818


*Travel and accommodation NOT included.
We recommend delegates take out their own travel insurance.

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