Week in review 18 January

Who we shared your views with via meetings and correspondence

  • Letter to Acting Minister for Education and Youth, Stuart Robert, to share recommendations on what's needed to respond to the Omicron outbreak. Full details are available in The Sector.
  • We represented member views at NSW Education Early Childhood Advisory Group COVID Meeting throughout the summer break in response to the rapid spread of Omicron across the country.

How we kept you informed

  • Sent member news email detailing new changes to test and isolate requirements in education and care
  • Updated our COVID-19 Member page as new requirements and guidance flowed through from government
  • Guided members through operational challenges via our 1800 support line

Who we collaborated with

  • Worked with Early Learning Association Australia (ELAA) and Community Child Care (CCC) to develop letter and advocacy around responding to the Omicron outbreak while keeping children, families and educators safe and services viable.
  • Collaborative partnership with ELAA and CCC to develop Federal election advocacy campaign activities
  • Booster shots for COVID-19 will become mandatory for ECE workers. If services need support to work through HR issues, members can contact Business Connect to set up free one-on-one consultations with a dedicated HR specialist so that Approved Providers and Directors can make legal and appropriate decisions regarding staff who are not intending to be vaccinated. Book your appointment here

What we consulted on and analysed

  • Analysed changes to test and isolate rules and recommendations and implications for the sector.
  • We are monitoring the number of COVID-19 infections in ECEC and the impact this is having on services’ capacity to deliver education and care, service viability, as well as workforce and families. 
  • Continued analysis of governance challenges for community based early education and care services in preparation for a proposal to government in coming months.

Find out about CELA's five key advocacy areas

As the peak body for early and middle childhood education, Community Early Learning Australia is an influential and vital advocacy force for the sector and for Australia's children. 

Contact us

If there is an issue mentioned here that you would like to find out more about, or something is missing that you would like us to advocate to government about, please contact CELA CEO Michele Carnegie via michelecarnegie@cela.org.au


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