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Early Learning Matters Week

Australia’s first ever Early Learning Matters Week

Australia’s first ever Early Learning Matters Week is happening from August 5 to 12. It’s a nation-wide initiative to show how early childhood education supports the wellbeing of children, families and society. Early childhood services around the country are inviting their local Federal Member of Parliament or Senator to visit them in Early Learning Matters […]

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Family Matters – National Week of Action for Indigenous Children

CELA supports Family Matters. Please, visit the links below, watch the videos, check your state’s information, share the resources with educators and families, and consider other ways – however small they may seem – that you and your service can contribute to stopping the cycle of removal of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children from […]

Commonwealth pulls the plug on NQA - NSW Letter

Is this the end of the National Quality Agenda?

The Commonwealth is unplugging the powerhouse that drives the national quality framework.  The Minister’s announcement to end the National Quality Agenda partnership with States and Territories has the potential to set early education back decades. This is not the expectation of CELA and the early education sector that we represent. Collectively, we have invested millions of dollars and uncountable productive hours over the past nine years striving […]

Join the Rattler+Broadside magazine editorial committee

Rattler+Broadside Editorial Committee 2018 Terms of reference and member agreement   Purpose The Rattler+Broadside Editorial Committee (RBEC) exists to inspire and advise CELA’s executive and contracted editorial team to create valuable content for the magazine. The RBEC does not have editorial control of the magazine and while members’ contributions will be seriously considered on every […]

We still love our NQF (but the burden remains)

Burden vs benefit The national authority’s Annual Performance Report shows more than 95% of the sector still backs the National Quality Framework, but the proportion of services which have a heavy sense of regulatory burden has barely changed. While 17% found regulatory requirements ‘very burdensome’ in 2013, in the 2017 survey 15% still selected the […]

New Minister’s and Secretary’s Rules released

We will bring you more on this soon! For now, here are the links we have all been waiting for. The Minister’s and Secretary’s Rules made under the Family Assistance Legislation Amendment (Jobs for Families Child Care Package) Act 2017 have now been registered on the Federal Register of Legislation. You can access the Rules via […]

Diane Lawson and Luci Ellis

Talking early learning to the Reserve Bank of Australia

Talking early learning to the Reserve Bank of Australia Today I met with  the Reserve Bank of Australia Industry Liaison to participate in a discussion led by Luci Ellis, Assistant Governor (Economics). The liaison program generates industry insights that seek to influence Australian monetary policy development. Around 20 other people were also invited to share perspectives […]

Starting Early for a Better Future

Hats off to the Northern Territory

You know what doesn’t make sense? Policies for children’s education and wellbeing that only plan two or three years into the future. So today we’re taking our wide-brimmed hats off to the Hon Nicole Manison MLA, the Northern Territory’s Minister for Children, for releasing a draft 10 year plan, Starting Early for a Better Future, which aims […]

NSW abolishes conscientious beliefs as vaccination exemption

NSW abolishes conscientious belief as a vaccination exemption: Shortside update

NSW Parliament today (14 September 2017) passed legislation amending the Public Health Act to remove parents’ conscientious beliefs as grounds for exempting children from mandatory vaccination requirements when enrolling in early learning services, including preschools. We have received the below advice from NSW Health. Please check their website for the additional information they refer to […]

parent and child Our Playtime

Our Playtime – changing families forever with a five minute video

“What would you say if just five minutes of your time each day could strengthen your child’s resilience and self esteem for life?” It’s the opening line in a video that could change the families you work with forever. A five minute explanation, for a five minute structured playtime, for a lifetime of confidence in […]

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