Our vision and mission

CELA's vision is for all of Australia’s children to have access to quality early education, regardless of economic circumstance or where they live. We recognise our future generations need culturally appropriate supports and strategies to thrive and CELA are committed to collaborating inclusively with their people and communities to ensure the most positive development and learning outcomes for them.

Our members include community-managed not-for-profit, government, and privately owned small providers, delivering preschool, long day care, outside school hours care, and family day care services.

Our Mission is to:

  • Deliver effective and expert support for our members, enabling them to deliver quality early education and care for all Australia’s children.
  • Influence policy makers and government by amplifying the voices of community based and small providers.
  • Promote the value and importance of community based early education.

CELA is a not-for-profit association funded by member contributions and income generated through the delivery of training programs and consulting services. We have been supporting members since 1978.


Become a CELA Member

When you’re with CELA, you’re always supported

Our sector specialists are only a phone call or email away. CELA has been supporting early education and care professionals for over 44 years. Membership gives you access to over $2,620 worth of benefits for less than $1 per day.

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