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Ten Year National Children’s Education and Care Workforce Strategy – why it’s needed and how you can have your say

The Australian Children’s Education and Care Quality Authority (ACECQA) is leading the development of the Ten Year National Children’s Education and Care Workforce Strategy (2021-2030). In this Amplify we highlight the key issues that the strategy is aiming to address, how this marries with what you have told us, how you can have your say, […]

The National Quality Framework – our vision for continuous quality improvement

By Megan O’Connell, CELA Research and Policy Manager The National Quality Framework is a foundation document for our early childhood education and care system. The review of the NQF provides an opportunity to articulate a new quality threshold around our vision for the sector over the next ten years. CELA’s submission to the National Quality […]

How we made our Exceeding Themes present on assessment day

How can you make your Exceeding Themes present during an A&R visit and what’s it really like to go through the online self-assessment process? Sutherland Activity Centre Director Carena Hawkins (who celebrates 20 years at the service this week) shares learnings from opting into the NSW Department of Education’s online self-assessment process, along with the […]

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 […]

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