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CELA’s 2021-22 budget review – what you need to know and what still needs to be addressed

The Commonwealth Government Budget was brought down on 11 May. It contains a range of announcements that will impact the early childhood education and care system. Here’s a brief summary of what of what you need to know, how it may impact you, and what still needs to be urgently addressed. Following measures announced in […]

The National Quality Framework – our vision for continuous quality improvement

By Megan O’Connell, CELA Research and Policy Manager The National Quality Framework is a foundation document for our early childhood education and care system. The review of the NQF provides an opportunity to articulate a new quality threshold around our vision for the sector over the next ten years. CELA’s submission to the National Quality […]

The joy of programming for bugs and muddy puddles

“Behind educators and families, physical spaces hold the potential to influence what and how children learn.” ACECQA At Karana Early Education Centre, an Exceeding rated service in Mount Crosby, Queensland, children squelch in mud puddles that are large enough to float canoes in. They build cubbies with recycled, open-ended loose parts. And nobody minds when […]

Commonwealth Budget – CELA’s expectations for ECEC

On Tuesday 11 May the Federal Treasurer Josh Frydenberg will deliver the Commonwealth Budget. The Budget is the annual policy statement of the government. It provides details to parliament on how Australia is faring economically, outlines new policy priorities and their resourcing, and details resourcing for departments, agencies and programs. This year’s budget will be […]

The great legging debate – does what we wear impact on our professionalism?

What we wear to work can have a considerable impact on how we feel about our day, as well as how we function in our role. Whether you call them leggings, jeggings or active wear, discussion around wearing clingy, stretchy pants to work continues to divide opinion in ECEC forums. Does anyone have the right […]

Spotlight on ratios and why under the roof is not a helpful term

We often hear the term ‘under the roof’ being used when referring to ratios in early education and care, but this term can be misleading. In this spotlight on ratios, CELA early education specialist and NQF expert Sarin Rozental helps us to understand more about how ratios should be calculated when taking a centre-based approach, […]

Fair Work agrees to pay rises for ECTs

The Fair Work Commission has agreed that minimum pay rates for Early Childhood Teachers who are employed under the Educational Services (Teachers) Award should be adjusted. The decision is the result of an eight-year long action by the IEUA NSW/ACT Branch, which represents 32,000 teachers and support staff. The union anticipates approximately 12,000 teachers in […]

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