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What is the Abecedarian Approach?

The Abecedarian Approach places a priority on high-quality adult-child interactions and children’s language acquisition. Research has shown that the approach can improve IQ and stimulate development in multiple domains. These interactions can even work to counteract the negative impact of growing up in disadvantaged circumstances. This week we speak with two Australian educators who are […]

CELA urges inclusion of early childhood staff in priority vaccinations

CELA CEO Michele Carnegie has written to The Hon Sarah Mitchell MLC, Minister for Education and Early Childhood Learning, calling on the government to include the early education and care workforce in the list of priority COVID-19 vaccinations. In her letter, Michele highlights the vital role that our workforce, as an essential service, has played […]

Why educator self care is so important

Be You Consultants Nikki Edwards and Tanya Burr share why educator self-care is so important and how you can start the conversation at your service. Why self-care is so important for educators working with young children and families The work that educators do draws on so much of who they are as a person. There […]

Educator wellbeing starts with knowing your entitlements

How many breaks should you have during your day at work? What pay rate should you be on? Do you need to stay back for meetings that are outside of rostered time and should you be paid for them? It’s important for your mental and physical wellbeing that you know your entitlements at work and […]

How to find help when supporting children and families experiencing trauma

Working in early education and care is an incredibly rewarding job, but the role can come with numerous challenges. This is especially true for educators in charge of children presenting with trauma, self-regulation and behavioural issues, or from challenging home environments. At times it can feel like you’ve tried everything you know of to try to […]

Getting sleep ready for 2021

In the lead-up to welcoming children back or embracing new infants and children into services in 2021, it is a timely reminder of the importance of ensuring that your service is ready to implement safe sleep and settling practices. Cindy Davenport, Director of Safe Sleep Space/Sleep Smart shares vital tips for understanding sleep in infants […]

I make the rules – how we can teach young children about body safety

Protecting children from harm is a fundamental part of being an early childhood professional. Preventative education is also crucial and should be an integral part of any child-safe organisation. Early childhood education consultant Nicole Talarico shares how early education professionals can help children to understand that they hold the power when it comes to their bodies […]

Children and vulnerability – Emerging insights and how our sector can help

Anti-Poverty Week, observed from 11-17 October, is a national campaign to raise awareness for the financial struggles thousands of Australians experience every day. Poverty has far-reaching impacts on Australia’s children, which has only been exacerbated by the pandemic. CELA Research and Policy Manager Megan O’Connell casts further light on disadvantage in the pandemic environment and […]

How we can help young children to build self-confidence and value what’s really important​

Children are growing up in a world where anxiety levels have increased, self-confidence has dropped and views on healthy body image have been distorted. How can we inspire young children to have the confidence in themselves to be smart, strong and kind on their own terms and plant the seeds of valuing the things that […]

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