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Caring for colleagues – what are our obligations?

Being a great colleague is about much more than signing each other’s Birthday cards, sharing content from professional development and having each other’s backs to cover shifts —as early childhood professionals there are a range of professional and legal obligations we have to each other. Our employers also have obligations to protect our welfare. Here’s […]

Busting parent stereotypes – how to look beyond the helicopter, lawnmower and tiger parent

The Dictionary of Psychology (1999) defines stereotyping as an ‘over-generalised’ belief that people from a certain group will behave in a certain way. Our brains nurture stereotypes because they help us to rapidly respond to other people.  It’s a form of prediction: a temptation to think we can see a little into the future by […]

Amplifying reaching out to weather impacted communities and a curated list of helpful resources

Our nation has recently been exposed to catastrophic fire, drought, dust storms and hail the size of golf balls. These extreme weather conditions have impacted greatly on the health and wellbeing of many of our members, their local communities and the wider population. It’s important that you know that the CELA team is here to […]

Respectful Water Play

There are many benefits to introducing water play both in connecting children to a natural element and opportunities for learning. However, the current drought and water restrictions across much of Australia mean early childhood services need to be especially careful about how they set up water play. The crucial question is, “How can early childhood […]

New allies for ECT

The Australian Council of State School Organisations, or ACSSO, is one of Australia’s longest operating peak bodies for education. Formed in 1947, ACSSO represents the families of more than 2.4 million children in government schools around the country. While traditionally focused on primary and secondary school aged children, in the past 18 months ACSSO has […]

The best gift you can give yourself

  Me-time or ‘meh’ time? One thing we know (and research backs it up) is that in so-called caring professions like education, people find it even more difficult to create ‘me-time’ or the kind of self-care that rejuvenates flagging spirits and revives tired bodies. We often find it hard to follow the oxygen mask advice […]

Missed moments

It’s a common enough realisation: you’re standing at the end of year barbeque or concert, chatting to one of the regular parents you see in your service most weeks, while looking at a crowd of unfamiliar adult faces. Grandparents might be there, and aunties, uncles, older siblings… but most of all, there are  those parents […]

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