Expert early education and care consultants

CELA provides broad sector expertise for a diverse range of projects. This includes guiding the service approval process, supporting quality program and practice, and advising on governance matters such as approved provider roles and responsibilities and strategic planning. 

Our clients include state, territory and local government, approved providers, directors, educators and teachers working within early education and care services. We have completed hundreds of projects which span from developing regional community-based services to advising a national museum on designing exhibition spaces for children. Our expertise, knowledge and wide network of resources enable us to provide personalised and customised consulting solutions to suit your specific needs. 

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Expert guidance at every stage of your journey


We can advise on:

  • Becoming an Approved Provider of a centre-based service

  • CCS application support

  • Understanding your governance requirements  


We can help you with:

  • Site suitability report 
  • Competitor analysis 
  • Demographic report 
  • Area profiling report 
  • Review of service plans with report and recommendations
  • Compliance audit including suggestions and action points
  • Position description development
  • Guidance on philosophy development
  • Policy and procedure development


We can provide:

  • A&R consulting including compliance and quality audit with report, suggestions and actions
  • Small group mentoring
  • One-to-one mentoring
  • Action research support
  • Philosophy review and development
  • Policy review and development
  • Programming and planning audit
  • Educator needs analysis and development of professional plans and goals
  • Compliance support

What's different about CELA? 

The diversity of skills and experience within our team allow us to apply the highest levels of expertise to the specific needs of each client. We can guide you through many of the vital aspects of the set up and implementation of a successful service.

Our highly experienced consultants have helped hundreds of providers to set up and run quality early education and care services across Australia. 

Requests for consultancy are incredibly broad and at all times our focus is on helping clients to achieve quality early education with operational success. We are particularly excited about our Strategic Planning service, which has already enabled a number of services to transform the way they operate and flourish. ​


CELA’s expert consultancy and support exceeded our expectations and was invaluable throughout the process of creating a new early childhood education and care service at Nepean Hospital.  Over 10 months, CELA’s team were alongside every step of the way, assisting us to navigate complex situations and providing guidance and recommendations from planning and construction, to operational commissioning, to development of the full suite of policies, procedures and other essential documentation required to successfully complete service approval requirements. 

Working with us, CELA applied early education management expertise to navigating the complex service approval process exceptionally well. Our new Somerset Cottage Early Childhood Education and Care Centre with capacity for 68 children was completed ahead of time and on budget and officially opened on Tuesday 7 July 2020.

Somerset Cottage at Nepean Hospital


I have great news regarding the centre: Our service approval has officially been granted! Your advice played a key role in our success, and I would like to extend to you our sincere thanks on behalf of the Church and the childcare centre. 

St Paul's Childcare Centre

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Learn more about CELA

Recognised as sector experts

We are recognised as sector experts across multiple areas including leadership, assessment & rating, quality ratings and risk management. This has led to us partnering with the NSW Government Department of Early Education Directorate to run a number of training programs over the past 12 months. 

Early Education Leaders Peer Network


Over 600 early education leaders have joined our networking and knowledge sharing portal, where they connect via a forum, regular events and a book club. 

Assessment & Rating training

SEP 2019 - SEP 2020

Almost 1,300 participants received training around the assessment and rating process. 

Communicating Quality Ratings

APR 2021

Over 300 early educators attended workshops on communicating the value of quality ratings to families.

Risk Management in Children's Services

JUN 2020

Over 1,200 sector professionals attended training addressing risk management in children’s services.

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