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Tours and orientations – how to welcome new families while staying COVID safe (part two)

Tours and orientations of early learning services are important for both educators and families and can be an emotional and much-anticipated experience.  However, conducting tours and orientations during COVID-19 brings a whole new raft of challenges. This two-part series explores strategies for welcoming new families while keeping everyone safe. In this article, we focus on […]

NSW Regulatory Authority develops new working document to support services through self-assessment process

In last week’s Amplify we unpacked the ACECQA self-assessment tool, the benefits of engaging in a self-assessment process, and how your service’s self-assessment information can be submitted in NSW in preparation for your Assessment and Rating visit. This week we caught up with Kim Hoskin and Belinda Wakeford of the NSW Regulatory Authority Quality Support […]

COVID-19 key ECEC information

It is important that all services are aware of current advice and updates regarding the COVID-19 virus. The amount of information and misinformation circulating can be incredibly overwhelming. Information is changing rapidly and the best way to stay up to date is to refer to reliable websites as a source of truth. CELA is committed […]

CELA’s Simple Guide to bushfire advice for children’s services

Temperatures have been rocketing past 40C in many parts of Australia since Christmas, and while we are yet to hear ‘the state is a tinderbox’ media cliche, hot dry days are a reminder to review and update your service’s fire management plan for both internal and external fire threats. CELA writer Cath Fowler compiled this […]

To whom it may concern, an open letter from Joana Abrantes

Earlier this month we ran a story from Kylie Dorrian, ECT and lecturer at an RTO, raising concerns that new requirements for overseas student visas could further weaken the supply of qualified educators to Australian services.  Kylie pointed out benefits of quality OS candidates, such as their commitment to the profession, their maturity and the fact they have […]

Australia's services rely on international students

Our sector relies on international students, says Kylie Dorrian

The National Quality Framework set in place a higher expectation of professional teaching in children’s services, enacted largely by raising the qualification levels required for staff. From the earliest days, however, it’s been obvious that demand for qualified staff would outstrip supply.  Low salary levels and longer hours than primary school equivalents drive many degree […]

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