CELA has been supporting the professional needs of the early and middle childhood sector for 40 years. Our early childhood and middle childhood professional development programs have been designed by sector experts to support the NQF outcomes, the EYLF and MTOP. Every course provides a practical, hands-on approach to professional development training for all levels of experience and qualification.


As the peak body for Australia’s early and middle childhood education sector, we have developed a reputation for professional development excellence. Our highly experienced facilitators have trained thousands of industry professionals across Australia.


NESA endorsed provider

Community Early Learning Australia (CELA) is endorsed to provide NSW Education Standards Authority (NESA) Registered Professional Development for teachers accredited at Proficient Teacher Level. Every course offered by CELA contributes to the Teacher Identified PD component of the accreditation requirement and can be customised to meet the needs of your team.

Can’t make training at our venue or on the dates specified? Don’t worry, we can come to you. All of our NESA endorsed professional learning opportunities can be delivered at your service. For more information please call 1800 157 818 or email info@cela.org.au.


Our early and middle childhood professional development courses are grouped into four categories:

The Child

These short courses will inspire early childhood educators with the latest information and research on behaviour and development along with useful strategies and program ideas.

The Program

Courses designed to address the learning needs and enhance the capabilities of your entire early education and care team.

The Educator

A rich schedule of courses to give early childhood educators the tools and strategies they need to grow their career as an outstanding educator.

Management and Committee

Management training designed to give new and experienced managers the knowledge and skills to lead with confidence and clarity, as well as training to help management committees’ understanding of compliance and their responsibilities under the NQF.

Please click on the links below for more information and access to our early childhood professional development training bookings page

The Child

  • Vulnerable and Valuable – Understanding and working with children from disadvantaged backgrounds
  • How Children’s Brains Grow and Develop

The Program

  • Practical Approaches to Programming and Documentation
  • Acknowledging and Celebrating Aboriginal Australia – A starting point

The Educator

  • CHCPRT001 Identify and Respond to Children and Young People at Risk
  • Leap into Leadership – Learn how to unlock and identify your leadership potential


  • Becoming an Approved Provider – Roles and responsibilities under the National Quality Framework
  • Director’s Toolkit – Connect to all the resources you need at your fingertips


  • CHCPRT001 Identify and Respond to Children and Young People at Risk
  • The Co Creative Leader Webinar Series


  • OOSH Don’t Forget to Play
  • OOSH Under the Volcano – Understanding children’s emotions and behaviours, knowing how to respond, not react

Western NSW Regional Learning & Development Group

Our program offers an innovative approach to training that aims to meet the needs of regional and remote early education services.

Online child protection webinar

CHCPRT001 Identify and Respond to Children
and Young People at Risk

Fully flexible training to meet your team’s needs

Or choose from our calendar


We offer a wide range of early and middle childhood professional development and training opportunities for all levels including educators, directors and committee members. All training sessions count towards NESA accreditation.


Our training calendar supports the development of both the early childhood and middle childhood education and care sectors. The calendar includes diverse topics covering leadership and management skills, growth in professional practice, and excellence in delivering the best outcomes for children. An exciting program of contemporary learning that will leave you feeling inspired and ensure that you’re on top of the latest research and thinking.

Meet our facilitators


CELA’s Learning and Development facilitators come from a wide range of early education backgrounds, equipping them with practical sector based experience which is second to none.  All our facilitators have a common passion for meaningful growth in every educators practice, resulting in better outcomes for children.


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Need specific training on a date and topic that suits you?

Our expert educators will tailor the content to meet the needs of your team. You choose the date, location and topic and we’ll come to you.

CELA’s RTO provides high-quality accredited, nationally recognised qualifications.

Build your team through specialised learning and development. You choose the date, location and topic and we will tailor the content to meet the needs of your team.

Based on sound educational practice and specialist expertise, our mentors provide one-on-one sessions to support your professional progress.

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