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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 […]

Cooks River Action Research makes a first for OSHC educators

The Cooks River Action Research was a project which developed environmental and cultural awareness in school aged children in Council’s Out Of School Hours Care. Inner West Council Educare Training, Resource and Research Officer Sylvia Perdikaris, shares the story with Amplify readers. Inner West Council’s Children and Family Services has always been committed to the […]

Simple guide to glitter alternatives

Glitter alternatives, a CELA Simple Guide

Alternatives to glitter The Great Glitter Debate (or GlitterGate as we like to call it at CELA) has been around for years – so why bring it up again each time there’s a story about banning the tiny plastic sparkles in the media? For one thing, the discussion is worth having simply because of the turnover among […]


When two policies collide: vaccination and universal access across Australia

The story so far… In March this year, the Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull wrote to all state and territory governments asking them to exclude children from any early childhood service or preschool unless they were immunised against preventable diseases or had a valid medical exemption. The intention was to close the ‘loophole’ present in many […]

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Ignite your inner fire for outdoor education!

Ignite conference returns – CELA’s third annual outdoor education PD – 13-15 October 2017 – Hawkesbury region, Sydney     Ignite is back! We’ve partnered with our friends at Ngroo Education Inc., Raw and Unearthed and Wild Ground to bring you an exciting program of team-building and hands-on workshops in the great outdoors. Experience the latest in outdoor […]

Smallest to tallest: one of our sector’s ‘middle children’ sets the bar high for school transition

…we realised that to achieve harmony we had to change the way we introduced kindergarten children to our service and our program… The start of every school year is filled with mixed emotions for everyone involved. For our team it’s a time of anticipation, reassurance, reflection, and trepidation, as we prepare for what the new […]

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