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Educating in remote and complex environments – challenges and solutions

By Megan O’Connell, CELA Research and Policy Manager Amongst the many Government reports and inquiries conducted in 2020, one released in late 2020 received little attention. The Standing Committee on Employment, Education and Training released a report on Education in remote and complex environments. This report builds on two previous reports, the Independent Review into […]

CELA’s Simple Guide to bushfire advice for children’s services – 2020 update

While our minds have been focused on COVID for the majority of this year, images of last summer’s bushfires ravaging landscapes through NSW, ACT, Queensland, South Australia and Victoria have not been forgotten. Many parts of Australia have received significantly higher rainfall this year and the ground is not as dry as it was last […]

Building the rural and regional workforce – what strategies are in place and what can be done now?

Early education workforce shortages are increasing across Australia, exacerbated by the effects of COVID-19. Many overseas-born early childhood educators returned to their home countries this year and may not be back, while many early childhood education students have had their graduations delayed as they have been unable to undertake placements this year. New approaches will […]

Keeping staff and students safe during COVID-19 – Part 2

The government has provided information about COVID-19 for NSW schools, universities and childcare centres including how to encourage good hygiene, social distancing, preparing for illness and communicating changes. But what does that look like in reality in an ECEC setting? In the second of our two-part series, we speak with a service in Lismore on […]

ECEC approaches to social distancing

Social distancing is one of the key measures currently being utilised to contribute to Australia’s ability to severely limit transmission of COVID-19. The topic of social distancing in an early education setting has led to heated discussion and incredulity, as educators question how it can be possible to enforce such measures in their centres. There […]

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 […]

Why this election matters for early learning

Amplify presents a final summary of the major party ECE policy platforms ahead of the Federal election on Saturday May 18. The commentary in this article was prepared by CELA CEO Michele Carnegie and CELA Policy and Research Consultant, Megan O’Connell. We’ve also drawn from our recent coverage as well as the campaign at Early […]

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