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The essential early and middle childhood education and care story.

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Getting started and creating your RAP

We continue sharing stories to help your early learning service compile its Reconciliation Action Plans (RAP). Writer Margaret Paton spoke to CELA’s Learning and Development Specialist, Kerrie Maguire, who offers starting points for services to begin to acknowledge and respect Aboriginal Australia. This article is presented in Kerrie’s words, shared directly with you. Begin the […]

Learning Links

Practice and philosophy at a preschool for all children

An inclusive preschool, Learning Links, of Peakhurst NSW, reveals to CELA writer Margaret Paton how it goes about welcoming children of all abilities into its service. ‘It’s all in the welcome.’ Member profile: Learning Links Preschool, Do you talk with your hands? How about signing? Welcome to Learning Links, an early learning service where all […]

Free menu planner feeds a need

Two-thirds of Australia’s children’s services provide food each day, and those meals and snacks can provide up to 70% of a child’s daily nutrients. With an average daily budget of $4.50 per child, how well are we catering for individual needs? A new, free, Australian Health Department website promises to tick all those boxes when […]

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.

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A simple guide to really enjoying your end of year party

Whether your service closes down for the Christmas break or not, most workplaces will have a function of some kind to mark the end of the year. For some people this is their annual highlight. Others view with dread the mandatory ‘fun’ at a frantic time of year. We consulted our CELA team and some other wise heads […]

Storytelling as education (don’t tell the children!)

 Lindy Mitchell-Nilsson of Heart to Heart Storytelling returns as one of your favourite guest writers with her thoughts on cloaking dull truths in the beautiful colours of story.  In an article that reminded us a little of the 1990s ad for Sultana Bran, Lindy invites you to consider just how valuable stories are for embedding helpful […]

Storytelling as education (don’t tell the children!)

 Lindy Mitchell-Nilsson of Heart to Heart Storytelling returns as one of your favourite guest writers with her thoughts on cloaking dull truths in the beautiful colours of story.  In an article that reminded us a little of the 1990s ad for Sultana Bran, Lindy invites you to consider just how valuable stories are for embedding helpful […]

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