Who we are

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. 

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.

View our Annual Reports.

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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