What we do


As the peak body for Australia’s early and middle childhood education sector, CELA influences policy-makers and advocates for children and families, services and educators, amplifying the voices of our members. Our advocacy is grounded in our mission to promote early learning’s value across Australia, to ensure all children and families have access to quality, affordable early education and care services. 


Being a CELA member means that you’ll never have to face a challenge alone. Our highly experienced sector specialists are only a phone call or email away.

Members gain access to a wealth of knowledge and inspiration through our 1800 support line, publications and resources, and receive discounts on training, events and consultancy.


Through our members, we actively unite community based and small provider ECEC services under one banner of support for our shared community values focussing on purpose-before-profit. Via our weekly Amplify! publication and regular Broadside news updates we shine a spotlight on current sector issues.

Learning and Development

Our training equips educators with the knowledge that changes practice and underpins quality early education. We provide training through our Registered Training Organisation, including inservice customised sessions. We are the largest provider of NESA Accredited Courses.


CELA's publications and resources are vital references for educators of all levels. We provide sample forms, philosophies, job descriptions, policies and guides which are written and regularly updated by our team of experienced sector professionals.


CELA provides a unique consultancy service. What sets us apart is the diversity of skills within our team, which means that we are able to successfully apply the very best expertise to the specific needs of our client.

Requests for consultancy are incredibly broad and at all times our focus is on helping clients to achieve quality early education with operational success.

Become a CELA Member

When you’re with CELA, you’re always supported

Our sector specialists are only a phone call or email away. CELA has been supporting early education and care professionals for over 46 years. Membership gives you access to over $2,620 worth of benefits for less than $1 per day.

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