We recognise that excellence in professional practice involves time and an ongoing process of reflection and interpretation. CELA runs a rich schedule of courses to give early and middle childhood and OOSH educators the tools and strategies they need to grow their career.

 

Our courses will enrich all educators including Educational Leaders who are looking for inspiration and guidance in this role. There are also workshops designed for professionals looking to sharpen their leadership skills and enhance relationships with colleagues, children and families.

 

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Email: training@cela.org.au or call: 1800 157 818

 

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CHCPRT001 – Identify & Respond to Children and Young People at Risk

Under the National Quality Framework, Nominated and Certified Supervisors must have training in child protection in order to be the responsible person in charge of a service.

 

This unit from the CHC Community Services Training Package, meets this requirement. Participants who successfully complete the related assessment task will be issued with a Statement of Attainment (SOA) for this unit. This SOA is Nationally Recognised. The training will include requirements for mandatory reporters in NSW, identifying significant harm and risk factors and the provision of child safe environments.

 

 

Completing CHCPRT001 – Identify & Respond to Children and Young People at Risk contributes 6 hours of NESA Registered PD addressing 7.1.2 and 7.2.2 from the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers towards maintaining Proficient Teacher Accreditation in NSW. Participants must attend the full session to be eligible for the accredited hours

  Date:
18 & 28 Jul
18 & 30 Aug
15 & 18 Sep
2, 18 & 20 Oct
3 & 22 Nov
8 Dec

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Leap into Leadership

Learn how to unlock and identify your leadership potential

 

If you are looking to work your way into a new role, Leap into Leadership can help you get there.

 

During this session, we will discover the resources, support and pathways you need to help you achieve your goals. Not only will you learn to identify and unlock your leadership potential but you will gain the skills to analyse and create a professional development plan that targets the areas in which you may not be confident.

 

This session will develop your knowledge in:

  • Identifying the characteristics that create great leaders
  • How to analyse your own leadership strengths and weaknesses
  • The tools of leadership and how to use them
  • Ways to balance management and leadership

QUALITY AREAS – 4, & 7

  Dates:
Wed, 8 Aug
Fri, 28 Sep
Tue, 27 Nov

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CHCPRT001 – Identify & Respond to Children and Young People at Risk (Webinar 3 Part Series)

 

Under the National Quality Framework, Nominated and Certified Supervisors must have training in child protection in order to be the responsible person in charge of a service.

 

This unit from the CHC Community Services Training Package, meets this requirement. Participants who successfully complete the related assessment task will be issued with a Statement of Attainment (SOA) for this unit. This SOA is Nationally Recognised. The training will include requirements for mandatory reporters in NSW, identifying significant harm and risk factors and the provision of child safe environments.

 

 

Completing CHCPRT001 – Identify & Respond to Children and Young People at Risk contributes 6 hours of NESA Registered PD addressing 7.1.2 and 7.2.2 from the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers towards maintaining Proficient Teacher Accreditation in NSW. Participants must attend the full session to be eligible for the accredited hours

  Date:
9, 16 & 23 August 2018
10, 17 & 24 October 2018
(Webinar – 3 part series)

 

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Under the volcano

Understanding children’s emotions and behaviors: knowing how to respond, not react

 

Have you ever wondered what causes a volcano to erupt?

 

This session provides an overview of brain development, theories of child development as well as hands-on engaging activities that draw us into a child’s perspective on what’s occurring behind their behaviours. We will learn how to look more deeply at children’s behaviour and to think about what causes the eruption.

 

With a focus on realistic and practical strategies, this session is designed as a starting point for educators wanting to build their skills around understanding and working with children’s behaviour.

 

QUALITY AREAS – 1, 4 5 & 7

  Dates:
Thu, 19 Jul
Wed, 1 Aug
Tue, 23 Oct
Thu, 29 Nov

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Introduction to Play Theory

 Understanding play theory and using play interventions when working with children’s behaviour

 

What is play theory? Can educators use play as a successful behaviour intervention?

 

This hands-on interactive session will explore play theory, our interpretation of play and whether educators are choosing the most effective and ethical behaviour intervention strategies. We will also discover new ways to support children’s play narratives, imaginations and creativity.

This is an essential workshop for those wanting to better enable themselves to respond to behaviour through more playful interventions.

 

QUALITY AREAS – 1, 4, 5 & 7

  Dates:
Thur, 23 Aug
Wed, 3 Oct
Mon, 5 Nov

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Harmonious Teams

“You get the best out of others when you give the best of yourself.” – Harry Firestone

 

What is the key to a successful team? How do we identify the skills and competencies required to support each other in the workplace to achieve optimum outcomes for children and families?

 

Exploring and focusing on your team’s strengths, passions and abilities, this session will identify ways to motivate and inspire through:

  • Effective communication strategies
  • Identifying purpose and joy at work
  • Identifying and resolving conflicts when they arise
  • Creating and supporting a shared vision in the service

QUALITY AREAS – 1, 4 & 7

  Dates:
Fri, 31 Aug
Thu, 11 Oct
Wed, 12 Dec

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Effective Engagement and Communication in Children’s Learning

NESA Endorsed

 

This session will explore the importance of developing quality relationships with children and the connection with their understanding, participation, engagement, and sense of well-being and achievement within the context of their learning environment.

 

We will investigate effective communication strategies and engage participants in reflective thinking about their own intentionality and pedagogical practice. Participants will engage in facilitated conversations to consider the verbal and non-verbal communication strategies to support children’s engagement and learning.

 

Session outcomes:

  • Understand the importance of relationships with children in relation to their learning and engagement.
  • Explore Intentional Teaching in pedagogical practice.
  • Discuss verbal and non-verbal communication strategies.
  • Critically analyse and reflect on current programming and documentation practices in connection to building relationships and children’s learning.
  • Explore two-way communication strategies with children. Investigate relationships with children in relation to Quality Area 5.

QUALITY AREAS – 1, 5, 6 & 7

 

 

Completing Effective Engagement and Communication in Children’s Learning will contribute 4 hours and 30 minutes of NESA Registered PD addressing 3.5.2 and 6.2.2 from the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers towards maintaining Proficient Teacher Accreditation in NSW.

  Dates:
Fri, 24 Aug
Wed, 26 Sep

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Demystifying Critical Reflection

 

Does the mention of critical reflection cause your brain to become foggy? Does it seem too complex to understand?

 

Join us for a real-world application of critical reflection. Using mixed media, readings and current research findings, this session will provide tools and strategies for educators to engage with critical reflection methods. Educators will have the opportunity to engage in discussion and reflect on how to implement strategies in their own context.

 

This session aims to help educators to understand critical reflection, the impact it can have on their practice and how to confidently implement it.

 

QUALITY AREAS – 1, 4 & 7

 

 

Completing Demystifying Critical Reflection will contribute 5 hours of NESA Registered PD addressing 6.2.2 from the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers towards maintaining Proficient Teacher Accreditation in NSW.

  Dates:
Mon, 10 Sep
Mon, 19 Nov

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The Co-creative Leader

 

Many Directors, Nominated Supervisors, Educational Leaders and Room Leaders are beginning to find themselves as incidental mentors and coaches. Understanding the role of mentor and coach can greatly assist them when supporting the professional development of educators within their service.

 

This valuable workshop provides an understanding of how to identify educators’ current competencies and learning needs, while gaining practical skills to facilitate creative individual and group learning.

 

QUALITY AREAS – 1, 4, 6 & 7

  Date:
Mon, 22 Oct

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Professionalism & Ethics in Education & Care – 2 Part Series

NESA Endorsed

 

During this series, teachers will be encouraged to consider current ethical and professional challenges in their workplace, their responses and their legal responsibilities as teachers. Explore the impact this has on the quality of their teaching and the profession as a whole.

 

Participants will be provided the opportunity to analyse key source documents that support professional standards for teachers. These sessions seek to provoke teachers to evaluate these documents and their own ethics and professional standards.

 

QUALITY AREAS – 2, 4 & 7

 

Completing Professionalism and Ethics in Education and Care – Session 1 and 2 will contribute 5 hours each of NESA Registered PD addressing 7.1.2, 7.2.2 and 7.4.2 from the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers towards maintaining Proficient Teacher Accreditation in NSW. Total 10 hours of NESA Registered PD.

  Dates:
Part 1 – Mon, 12 Nov
Part 2 – Tue, 13 Nov

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Family Inclusion in Children's learning

Family Inclusion in Children’s Learning

NESA Endorsed

This session will explore the importance of partnerships between families and early childhood teachers within the context of children’s learning. We will investigate practical strategies for establishing two-way connections to involve families in the learning process. Participants will engage in facilitated conversations to consider the planning cycle in everyday practice and how they communicate and collaborate with families about children’s development and learning.

Session outcomes:

  • Understand the importance of relationships and partnerships with families and the connection to children’s learning.
  • Critically analyse and reflect on current programming and documentation practices in relation to family involvement.
  • Identify strategies to support the inclusion of families in the context of children’s learning.
  • Explore opportunities for families to be involved in children’s learning within the early childhood environment.
  • Explore two-way communication strategies.
  • Investigate collaborative partnerships in relation to Quality Area 6.
  • Examine the role of reflection in ongoing Quality Improvement and partnerships with families.

 

QUALITY AREAS – 1,2,3,4,5,6 & 7

 

Completing the Family Inclusion in Children’s Learning session contributes 4 hours and 30 minutes of QTC Registered PD addressing 3.7.2 and 6.2.2 from the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers towards maintaining Proficient Teacher Accreditation in NSW. Participants must attend the full session to be eligible for the accredited hours.

  Date:
Mon, 13 Aug

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Critical Reflection & Assessing Children's Learning

Critical Reflection & Assessing Children’s Learning

NESA Endorsed

This session will teach educators how to critically reflect on their practice and look at how critical reflection informs and influences their teaching and curriculum planning. We will also unpack what to document, how you might do this and where this might be shown.

Session outcomes:

  • Reflect on current understandings of critical reflection as part of informing practice.
  • Unpack and examine the link between critical reflection and analysis in influencing curriculum decision-making.
  • Identify how programming/planning and documentation is enhanced using critical reflection.

 

QUALITY AREAS – 1,3,5,6 & 7

 

Completing the Critical Reflection and Assessing Children’s Learning session contributes 5 hours of QTC Registered PD addressing 3.6.2 and 6.2.2 from the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers towards maintaining Proficient Teacher Accreditation in NSW.Participants must attend the full session to be eligible for the accredited hours.

  Date:
Tue, 24 Jul
Fri, 26 Oct

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Little Scientists Engineering Workshop

Marrickville, NSW

See-saws, slides, and merry-go-rounds: Physical forces are part of the fun and children love to explore their effects.
In this workshop, you will discover forces and effects while leveraging, lifting, swinging, and moving bodies. You will invent, design and construct models and learn more about your inner engineer. This fun-filled workshop will also inspire you to encourage children’s technical thinking process in an active learning environment.
Each workshop topic continues to build on your knowledge from previous, deepening your insights into the concepts of inquiry-based learning, metacognition, and co-construction.

To further support continuous professional growth, we introduce new relevant STEM topics each year.
It is compulsory to start our program with the Water Exploration workshop first. Once the water workshop is complete, the order for attending additional workshop topics is open for the participant to decide.

  Date:
Fri, 27 July

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Little Scientists Air Workshop

Marrickville, NSW

Did you know that we are carrying the weight of two elephants on our shoulders, every day of our life?

In this workshop, you will bring wind into the room, catch soap bubbles and realise that air is so much more than ‘nothing.’ You will be given the opportunity to develop further ideas for a co-constructed learning environment and explore questions that encourage                                                   children’s metacognitive thinking.

  Dates:
Tue, 28 Aug

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Little Scientists Water Workshop

Marrickville, NSW

Have you ever met a child who is not fascinated by water? Regardless of its aggregate state, icy, cold, or hot, children love to explore water from an early age.

At your first Little Scientists workshop you will explore water with all your senses, investigate the different aggregate states and test the solubility of different substances. You will be given the opportunity to discover how STEM subjects can be implemented in a free and exciting way and you will engage in different hands-on experiences linked to the concept of inquiry-based learning and co-construction.

To further support continuous professional growth, we introduce new relevant STEM topics each year.

It is compulsory to start our program with the Water Exploration workshop first. Once the water workshop is complete, the order for attending additional workshop topics is open for the participant to decide.

  Date:
Fri, 14 Sep

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Fri, 2 Nov

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Little Scientists Human Body Workshop

Marrickville, NSW

Bones, joints, muscles and organs – the human body is amazing!

In the Little Scientists HUMAN BODY workshop you will learn about the fascinating functions of our bodies and organs, muscles, skeleton and joints. Discover how to use different prototypes and models, and learn about the development of our sense of self. This workshop topic continues to build on your knowledge from previous sessions, deepening your insights into the concepts of inquiry-based learning, metacognition and co-construction.

  Date:
Fri, 19 Oct

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Little Scientists Mathematics Workshop

Marrickville, NSW

Explore Shapes and space, symmetry, solids, surfaces and symbols. Experience how the magic of mathematics is hidden in everyday life. Learn about, and how to, encourage the development of abstract thought processes.

To further support continuous professional growth, we introduce new relevant STEM topics each year.

It is compulsory to start our program with the Water Exploration workshop first. Once the water workshop is complete, the order for attending additional workshop topics is open for the participant to decide.

  Date:
Tue, 20 Nov

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Little Scientists Optics Workshop

Marrickville, NSW

Without a shadow of doubt, your children’s eyes will sparkle like disco balls when you return from this workshop!
You are invited to a day full of flashing lights, colours and optical illusions. Explore the land of mirrors, the dark world of shadows and nature’s fascinating variety of colours while working on your own research project. Together we will find out more about children’s notions of light, colour and vision, and collect ideas for child-led projects that scaffold the children’s learning and development.
Each workshop topic continues to build on your knowledge from previous, deepening your insights into the concepts of inquiry-based learning, metacognition, and co- co-construction.

To further support continuous professional growth, we introduce new relevant STEM topics each year.
It is compulsory to start our program with the Water Exploration workshop first. Once the water workshop is complete, the order for attending additional workshop topics is open for the participant to decide.

  Date:
Tue, 11 Dec

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Expert training with CELA

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

 

The EYLF lists eight principles that educators can draw on to promote children’s learning:

  • adopting holistic approaches
  • being responsive to children
  • planning and implementing learning through play
  • intentional teaching
  • creating physical and social learning environments that have a positive impact on children’s learning
  • valuing the cultural and social contexts of children and their families
  • providing for continuity in experiences and enabling children to have successful transition
  • assessing and monitoring children’s learning to inform provision and to support children in achieving learning outcomes.

Our sessions will help you to build on these eight principles and give you practical ways to implement them in your individual settings.

 

Interested in our courses but can’t make the date or location?

Don’t worry, we can tailor the course to your needs and are happy to come to you.

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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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