Amplify!

The essential early and middle childhood education and care story.

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Amplify!

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 […]

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 […]

Nancy Chang explains the new NSW Quality Ratings Guide

In brief: NSW services must display new quality ratings graphic from July 2020 Changes motivated by two key research studies showing lack of family understanding and National Quality Review feedback Impact of the graphic to be evaluated with independent parent research NSW RA confirms cultural shift to ‘strength-based’ A&R approach $13 million fund to expand […]

Survive and thrive throughout the season

It’s a truth universally acknowledged that every December will bring at least one Australian newspaper headline claiming an early learning service has ‘banned’ Santa Claus or ‘cancelled’ Christmas. Behind these stories is often a strong inclusion philosophy (perhaps misunderstood) that aims to create end-of-year celebrations that embrace all families. How can you make that happen […]

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