Week in review 4-15 October

Who we shared your views with via meetings and correspondence

  • We represented member views at NSW Education Early Childhood Advisory Group COVID Meeting on the need for financial support for ventilation modifications in early education services; received guidance on unvaccinated parents in ECEC; spoke about the need to know government’s intent to extend PHO beyond current term.  
  • We continued our advocacy for the NSW Department of Education to include ECEC in its plans around ensuring ventilation is assessed and appropriate remediation is actioned in the interest of safety for children and staff.  
  • We are seeking an indication on the likelihood of the PHO being extended, so that services can make appropriate employment considerations for their unvaccinated staff.

How we kept you informed

  • Updated our COVID-19 member news page on a daily basis plus Member EDMs. 
  • Guided members through operational challenges via our 1800 support line.
  • Sent a member news bulletin detailing New COVID Safety Guidance in Early Childhood Education and Care Settings, updates to mask wearing, ventilation guidelines and links to vaccination resources

Who we collaborated with

  • We collaborated with 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 – if your service needs support, book your appointment here.
  • Continued our collaboration with ELAA and CCC on data analysis and   reporting on workforce survey results. 

What we consulted on and analysed

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 Felicity Dunn, Policy and Research Manager, at felicitydunn@cela.org.au  


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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. 

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