CELA membership: When you’re with us, you’re always supported

Join over 20,000 early education professionals, who through their service's membership, never have to face a challenge alone. Our highly experienced sector specialists are only a phone call or email away.

When you contact CELA you’ll be speaking with people who have operational experience in service delivery and management, many of whom are still working in the sector. Whether you’re looking for a better understanding of how regulatory changes affect you and your service, or resources and support to improve practice and service delivery, our expert staff will help you to find your way.

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Telling it louder, sharing it wider and making it clearer

We’re your voice for advocacy and a vital channel for sector information  – delivering breaking news via our weekly Amplify! digital newsletter and providing a platform for discussion and commentary on sector topics. We turn complex issues into relatable and understandable information.

Your first point of call for professional development, consultancy and networking

We’re an essential source of training and development for all levels of early education and care, providing a range of regularly updated courses which can be tailored to the needs of your team, and webinars that can be viewed at a time that suits you.

Our expert consultants have helped many services to navigate through all aspects of the set up and implementation of a successful service, while our inspiring networking events have brought together thousands of likeminded professionals to share their ideas and build their knowledge in a warm, friendly environment.

Phone support

Our expert support staff of sector professionals are only a phone call away. We can guide you on: What to do, how to interpret and who to contact to resolve your questions. 


Our member library contains up-to-date resources that will help you to navigate the National Quality Framework and Standards and provide the best possible outcomes for children at your service.

Rattler magazine

Rattler covers the big issues impacting the early education and care services sector – be they social, economic, education or political – as well as drilling down on day-to-day concerns like staffing, finances, wellness, management, food handling and legal issues. We welcome member stories and contributions. 

Post a job

Did you know that our website is visited by over 24,000 people a month? This makes our website a great place to advertise your current job openings. Members can post as many listings as they like.


We’ve helped thousands of services to achieve service approval, improve their ratings, reach goals and operate quality early education services. As a member you receive a 10% discount on all consultancy services.

Member webinars

Our monthly professional learning webinars cover a wide variety of topics relating to operations and practice. They are free and exclusive to members and can be watched at a time that suits you.

Informed and connected

We ensure our members are kept up to date with the ever changing early education landscape via member news updates and our Broadside publication. Our weekly sector-wide communication Amplify!, read by over 10,000 people each month, ensures that you stay informed about issues that impact you and your service, in a language that makes sense. 


We run a program of events designed to stimulate thinking, inspire best practice and bring likeminded people together to lift each other up. Check our website for updates. As a member you receive a discount on all CELA events.


We’re known for providing practical, interactive training that develops skills to improve practice and professionalism for all educators. Our NESA endorsed courses are designed to inspire you in all areas of professional practice. Members receive a significant discount off all CELA calendar training sessions.

COVID-19 updates & resources

CELA understands the pressure members are under as they navigate complex operating environments with frequent updates and changes. We are committed to providing our members with the most current COVID-19 information, with evolving daily updates via our COVID Member news page and resources.


CELA has been supporting early education and care professionals for over 40 years

What do our members have to say...

Thanks for all your advocacy and support during this season. The policies and other resources have come in very handy and have been great timesavers to support us to develop ours. We also appreciate the ongoing advocacy.


CELA's resources are very useful, helpful and supportive.


We really enjoy our partnership with CELA. Thank you for your support, information, webinar and resources during COVID. They are so helpful, save time and reassuring.


Thank you for always advocating for quality early childhood education and for supporting services to provide the best possible quality care that they can.

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