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First release of OSHC survey results

The recent NSW election saw the re-elected Liberal government committing $120 million to a set of promises to help Outside School Hours Care (OSHC, or more commonly ‘OOSH’ in NSW). We rounded up the commitments in a post-election story, and launched a national survey (now closed) to help policy makers better understand the nature of […]

Building a sustainable workforce

Ahead of both the NSW and Federal elections this year, the need for serious government commitment to sustainable workforce strategies was raised time and again. At the national level some parties, but not all, responded with detailed policy positions.  The Liberal party, which was silent on workforce policy, has now been returned to government so the […]

Where to now?

The re-election of the previous government means working with a known quantity – but how well do you know what the Morrison government has in mind for early childhood education? And what does that mean for advocates of high quality care for children, professional wages and conditions for educators, national consistency and an independent authority […]

Grounded in truth – National Reconciliation Week 2019

From 27 May to 3 June, National Reconciliation Week is an opportunity to reflect and act on ways we can connect with and respect Aboriginal culture and community. This year’s theme is Grounded in truth, Walk together in Courage, watch the video to understand more, and scroll down for some excellent resources we’ve identified specifically […]

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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National Early Childhood Election Forum

National Early Childhood Election Forum report The forum held in Melbourne last week was sponsored by some of the partners behind Early Learning: Everyone Benefits – CELA, ECA-Victoria, ELAA, Goodstart, CELA, KU Children’s Services, and Playgroups Australia. CELA CEO Michele Carnegie and Research Adviser Megan O’Connell attended the event. Interesting viewing Last week’s National Early […]

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Labor promises urgent review of BBF funding

Square pegs in a round hole Vicki Olds is an early childhood teacher, but lately she’s wondering why. For years she’s delivered specialised and responsive early childhood education programs to some of Australia’s most remote and vulnerable families as part of the Broken Hill Outback Mobile Resource Unit, a BBF (budget-based funding) service that covers […]

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