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8 sensory activities for babies and toddlers

Sensory play helps babies and toddlers learn about the diverse and complex world around them. Educators can plan activities that encourage young children to use their five senses: sight, hearing, smell, taste and touch. Popular sensory activities include finger painting and bubbles. Here are eight more activities, including their learning outcomes and links to the […]

Our self assessment journey – Jannali BASC

We recently shared how self-assessment can be of benefit to the Assessment and Rating process, and how a new working document has been developed to support services through the self-assessment process. This week we speak with Jannali Before and After School Care (BASC), who used the opt-in self-assessment tool earlier this year and achieved an […]

Multiple benefits of being Eco Smart – NSW SPROuts Awards Pt 2

Striving to be ‘greener’ has led three award-winning services on very different journeys that have improved other learning and development outcomes. In Part 2 of our focus on Education for Sustainability we find out how KU Children’s Services are embracing environmental sustainability, which led to two services winning SPROuts (Sustainable Projects Recognising Outstanding Practice) awards […]

Inspiring Environmental Sustainability – NSW SPROuts Awards Pt 1

When we think about early learning for environmental sustainability the first things that come to mind for many are improving recycling, reducing waste and setting up a compost bin or worm farm. But there’s so much more that can be done. Since 2005 the NSW Early Childhood Environment Educators Network (ECEEN) has encouraged services taking […]

Supporting all children to Thrive by Five

CELA is pleased to support Thrive by Five, a new community movement sponsored by the Minderoo Foundation. Thrive by Five calls for an accessible, quality early childhood education system. The aim of the movement is to create momentum to drive change in early childhood development as we have seen in the disability sector. Thrive by Five […]

“How many ways can you talk?” AUSLAN creates opportunities for inclusion and joy

Auslan is short for Australian sign language. It’s a visual form of communication that uses hand, arm and body movements to convey meaning. While it was originally created for the hearing impaired, its incorporation in an early learning environment creates many exciting opportunities for engagement, inclusion and a richer shared culture. Christine Tsang, Director of […]

How we can put children first in early education and care

National Child Protection Week runs from September 6-12. This year, event host National Association for Prevention of Child abuse and Neglect (NAPCAN) celebrates 30 years of National Child Protection Week with the theme ‘Putting children first’. Early childhood consultant and child advocate Nicole Talarico shares how we can embrace putting children first, and what we […]

Tours and orientations – how to welcome new families while staying COVID safe (part two)

Tours and orientations of early learning services are important for both educators and families and can be an emotional and much-anticipated experience.  However, conducting tours and orientations during COVID-19 brings a whole new raft of challenges. This two-part series explores strategies for welcoming new families while keeping everyone safe. In this article, we focus on […]

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