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Exemplary Early Childhood Educators At Work

The Exemplary Early Childhood Educators At Work project is a three year study funded by the Australian Research Council. The project is investigating the complexity and challenges of early childhood educators’ work in ‘prior to school settings’ (long day care and preschool). This research project is the first of its kind in Australia and is […]

3yo preschool funding nsw

A step in the right direction for 3yos, a giant leap for NSW

NSW announces funding for two years of preschool education for three-year-olds in community based preschools. Led by advocacy and research, the NSW Government announced in this week’s budget, that all three-year olds in community based preschools will receive subsidised funding for fees from 2019. Sarah Mitchell (Minister for Early Education, Minister for Aboriginal Affairs, and […]

Michele Carnegie

Michele Carnegie CELA’s new CEO

The board of Community Early Learning Australia (CELA) is delighted to announce the appointment of our new Chief Executive Officer, Michele Carnegie. Until her appointment as CEO, Michele was the General Manager for Sector Development within CELA. In this position, she has developed a comprehensive knowledge of the sector and its needs and has established […]

Catch up with our special edition for the 2018 Queen’s Birthday Long Weekend

Subscribe to Amplify If you’ve already re-subscribed, thank you! But if you haven’t yet can you please spare 60 seconds to  use our faster, more secure, subscribe page to confirm you want us each week? We’re on a little break, but you don’t have to miss out. With six of Australia’s states and territories enjoying the Monday […]

Use infant mental health strategies 5 ways for sleep settling

Use infant mental health strategies five ways to settle infants and toddlers to sleep

With Infant Mental Health Awareness Week around the corner(11-17 June 2018), this article from Cindy Davenport is a timely reminder of the importance of having an infant mental approach to sleep and settling the children in your care.  Under ACECQA’s NQF revisions, every service must have a policy on sleep for children, but not all […]

Wilma Murdoch

Rethinking and engaging in sustainability education

Has sustainability education lost its impact? Is it an over-used term now, with its meaning muddied beyond worm farms and recycled craft paper? Wilma Murdoch, adjunct lecturer at CSU and board member at Seed Harvest Spoon, considers the question for Amplify this week and explains her answer, “Yes, no, don’t give up”. Wilma brings 25 […]

Reconciliation week 2018

Take real action for National Reconciliation Week 27th May – 3rd June

‘Don’t Keep History a Mystery’ Reconciliation Australia was established in 2001 as the national expert body on reconciliation in Australia. The Council for Aboriginal Reconciliation’s vision statement called for, “A united Australia which respects this land of ours; values the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander heritage; and provides justice and equity for all.” National Reconciliation […]

NSW letter

Quality Counts: for every child, every family, our economy and the nation.

  The Commonwealth’s decision to pull the plug on Australia’s highly successful National Quality Agenda on Early Childhood Education and Care has sparked reactions from bewilderment to horror. Without consultation with the sector or the states, Education Minister Simon Birmingham de-funded the national partnership that bound all jurisdictions to the same goals. Without the partnership, […]

Bella the Bunny

Is your service’s fourth educator scratching at the door?

Pets can be the fourth educator in early childhood settings, as Victoria Avenue Children’s Centre shows with its Tiny Tails program. Scroll to the end for more helpful links. By Margaret Paton, CELA Writer Can animals be the ‘fourth educator’ in early childhood settings? That’s the case Monash University educator Jane Bone made in her research […]

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