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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 […]

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 […]

ECE in the election

In person or online, you can join the 2019 National Early Childhood Election Forum presented by the Early Learning Everyone Benefits Campaign Thursday 2 May, from 6.30-8pm Confirmed speakers so far: Amanda Rishworth (ALP) and Janet Rice (Greens) Wheeler Centre, Melbourne OR livestream from the Early Childhood Australia Facebook page on any device Tickets are free. […]

OSHC under the spotlight

With vacation care underway in many parts of Australia, and OSHC the centre of some big spending commitments at the recent NSW election, it’s timely to take a look at what’s on offer and how it might play out for educators and school communities. Amplify editor Bec Lloyd speaks to CELA CEO Michele Carnegie in […]

What’s your rank? We look at how ECE fares in Australia’s cabinets

With a significant cabinet announcement for ECE in NSW, we take a spin around the nation to see how each state and territory treats early childhood education in Cabinet Minister rankings. How does your jurisdiction stack up?  New South Wales The NSW Premier has elevated her Early Childhood Education Minister, Sarah Mitchell, to the state’s […]

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