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The essential early and middle childhood education and care story.

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Exciting Recycling and other Rs PART I – how children are forging the way in waste reduction

What do plastic lids, bees wax and Qantas have in common? They were all involved in exciting waste reduction initiatives driven by young children and their educators. Since showing respect for the environment became embedded in Outcome 2 of the Early Years Learning Framework (Children are connected with and contribute to their world), services and […]

New children’s book teaches about the magic of Aboriginal songlines

Author Jasmine Seymour and artist Leanne Mulgo Watson have teamed up to release Cooee Mittigar this month, a beautiful book that aims to teach children about Aboriginal songlines. While the book was written with primary school children in mind, it’s also a great tool for introducing Aboriginal words and culture to preschool children. A songline […]

The power of asking for help – a member story

Recently the CELA office received a moving letter from the Director of a Mobile early childhood service in regional NSW, which is severely drought affected. She raised important issues about the reality of how to manage our own stress and mental health in times of crisis. This week we share her message and story with […]

We can make a difference in children’s mental wellbeing

We don’t think of young children as having ‘mental health problems’ but any educator will have experience of dealing with children who were overwhelmed by their emotions, and have sometimes felt challenged by the behaviour of toddlers and pre-schoolers. In fact the early years are a crucial time when children’s brains are developing the architecture […]

Children’s Week – Helping you ensure children’s right to be healthy

We all love to celebrate Children’s Week, after all supporting children’s happiness and wellbeing and helping them to thrive is the foundation of quality early childhood education. This year’s theme looks straightforward, but it actually contains many layers which we unpack with the help of the National Children’s Commissioner. The Theme for Children’s Week 2019 […]

The solution is clear: Family Matters 2019 report

‘Without substantial efforts to refocus policy and investment on prevention and early intervention, children will continue to be at risk of separation from their families, communities and cultures.’ CELA covers the key points raised in the annual Family Matters Report for 2019, which focuses on ways to reduce the over-representation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait […]

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