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Danielle Layton and children

Spotlight on a sea change director: Danielle Layton, Byron Bay

Do you daydream about your ideal work and home location? Have you already made a sea change or tree change, or moved from the country to a city life?  This week we share an interview with Danielle Layton, and hear the outcome of her move to Australia’s easternmost town: Byron Bay. Use the blog comments […]

Lifting Our Game

At a glance: download the Lifting Our Game Report

Lifting our Game You can now download a copy of the report directly from this post, here, or click the image below. At a glance Senior officials from Australia’s states and territories commissioned Susan Pascoe AM and Professor Deborah Brennan to write the report, which presents compelling evidence for investment in ECE. They look at […]

Summer garden watering hacks: CELA Simple Guide

Looking for that great idea you saw about using plastic bottles as plant irrigators? Well, you can trawl a thousand Youtube videos, save a hundred Pinterest boards, hashtag your heart out on Instagram … OR you can trust a CELA Simple Guide to come to your rescue!   Click image below to download the PDF […]

CELA’s Simple Guide to bushfire advice for children’s services

Temperatures have been rocketing past 40C in many parts of Australia since Christmas, and while we are yet to hear ‘the state is a tinderbox’ media cliche, hot dry days are a reminder to review and update your service’s fire management plan for both internal and external fire threats. CELA writer Cath Fowler compiled this […]

Australian Capital Territory

Transition to School Around Australia – cross the finish line in Canberra.

Our Transition to School Around Australia series crosses the finish line in the home of our nation’s capital, the Australian Capital Territory. CELA Writer Cath Fowler winds up her review of the issues in transition in each jurisdiction by looking at the multiple program approach the ACT is taking to improving transition to school from […]

Around Australia Transition to School Series – Queensland

Queensland Transition to School We’re almost done now and in their last week of term for 2017 we turn to sunny Queensland’s transition to school in our Around Australia series. CELA writer Cath Fowler checked the scene and brings you this snapshot accompanied by a director’s perspective. North of the border In Queensland, the year […]

Belittlement isn't what we teach children

‘How do we rebound from this?’ Life in the regulatory naughty corner

Recently we shared information about how the publication of enforcement actions – based on the public’s right to know about major compliance breaches and prosecutions – can differ from state to state. While Section 270 of the National Regulation says each regulatory authority may publish information, not all choose to do so. Currently the ACT […]

Poppies on Armistice Day

Talking to young children about Remembrance Day

This Saturday is Armistice Day, also known as Remembrance Day. While few children’s services will be open, many children will have seen poppy badges being sold on street corners, or be aware of older siblings participating in commemoration ceremonies at school on Friday. They may wonder, on the weekend, why adults around them suddenly go […]

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