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NSW letter

Quality Counts: for every child, every family, our economy and the nation.

  The Commonwealth’s decision to pull the plug on Australia’s highly successful National Quality Agenda on Early Childhood Education and Care has sparked reactions from bewilderment to horror. Without consultation with the sector or the states, Education Minister Simon Birmingham de-funded the national partnership that bound all jurisdictions to the same goals. Without the partnership, […]

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 […]

Westgarth bush kinder

Lighting a fire. The risk at play debate

As autumn weather arrives, many ECE and OSHC services will be looking to head outdoors to take advantage of the not-too-hot, not-too-cold season. How they approach the outdoors, however, is another question. Risk during play in early childhood services is a balance between keeping children as as safe as necessary rather than possible. Westgarth Kindergarten […]

Keep calm and meet the assessor

Keep calm and QIP it! The story of an unexpected R&A inspection

What would you do if your service only had one business day to submit your Quality Improvement Plan (QIP) and just eight business days to prepare for an assessment and rating by the NSW regulatory authority? This happened to Emma Armitage, Centre Coordinator of Victoria Avenue Children’s Centre, a 47-place long-day care service managed by the City of Canada Bay, Sydney, when their written notification was lost in the mail. Emma’s been at the three-year-old service since day one and built her team from the ground up. Here’s their story, as told to CELA writer Margaret Paton.

Open plan or open slather_

Open plan or open slather? Part One

Any parent or educator knows that the more children you have in a room the noisier, at times, it will be and the harder it is to keep track of individual children. Despite keeping to ratios, or even staffing above ratios, how reasonable is it to expect educators and children in a room of 70 human beings to build close and supportive relationships?

Cash economy nannies lose out

Many Australian early childhood and OSHC educators have spent time as nannies, many others consider it as an alternative to centre-based employment. Frequently nannies work on a cash in hand basis, or they get an ABN and work as a contractor.  Both options mean families are not paying tax or contributing to the nanny’s superannuation. […]

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