Our program-focused professional development training is designed to inspire and enhance the skills of your entire team. With a focus on early and middle childhood education and care services, our range of practical courses will address the learning needs of your whole team.


These courses are designed to help educators analyse their current knowledge and practices and to understand requirements under the regulations and National Quality Standards. They will help services to focus on and plan for continuous improvement.


Our highly experienced facilitators use a variety of interactive techniques to ensure that all levels of educators get the most out of each session. Our aim is to develop and enhance educators’ skills and knowledge so that they feel confident and comfortable when translating their learning and the Early Years Learning Framework and My Time Our Place into professional practice.


Our incredibly popular courses focus on a range of practical skills including:

  • Programming
  • Documentation
  • Assessment and rating
  • Children’s behaviour

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


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Practical Approaches to Programming and Documentation

“Getting an audience is hard. Sustaining an audience is hard. It demands a consistency of thought, of purpose and action over a long period of time.” – Bruce Springsteen


So much of our time is spent planning and documenting children’s learning that sometimes we ask: who are we doing it for? This interactive and thought-provoking workshop will identify who your audience is and how best to communicate with them. We will explore how to capture and sustain their interest as well as visually representing the ideas of educators and children. This is an essential workshop for those wanting their audience to engage with their planning, program and documentation.


QUALITY AREAS – 1, 4, 5, 6 & 7


Tue, 14 Aug
Thu, 13 Sep
Mon, 24 Sep

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Preparing for Assessment and Rating

This workshop is designed for services who are about to undertake their assessment and ratings for the first and/or the second time around. We will discuss the changes to the National Quality Standard (NQS) and how these will impact on assessment and ratings from February 2018.


For services undergoing assessment and rating for the first time:

  • What’s the process of assessment and rating?
  • What do I need to do to prepare?
  • How do I prepare my team?

For services undergoing assessment and rating for the second time:

  • How can I achieve a higher rating?
  • How do I use my past assessment and ratings report to improve quality?


QUALITY AREAS – 2, 4 & 7

Mon, 23 Jul
Mon, 29 Oct

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Taking Literacy Outdoors – NESA Endorsed 2018

This workshop gives you practical ideas for reaching your more physically active learners. Build your skills and knowledge to support children’s developing literacy skills. Learn how to plan for meaningful literacy learning to create solid foundations.

Discover how to involve literacy experiences in the different types of physical play that occurs outdoors, in ways that enrich the play and promote understandings around the purpose of reading, writing and communicating.

QUALITY AREAS – 1, 2,3,5 & 6



Taking Literacy Outdoors will contribute 5 hours of NESA Registered PD addressing 2.5.2 from the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers towards maintaining Proficient Teacher Accreditation in NSW.

Tue, 9 Oct

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Introduction to the EYLF and NQF – NESA Endorsed 2018

Participants attending this session will:

  • Learn about the National Quality Framework (NQF)
  • Gain an insight into the National Quality Standard (NQS) and what it means for what we do
  • Explore the Early Years Learning Framework (EYLF)
  • Understand the importance of articulating quality
  • Reflect on what quality looks like in practice
  • Identify how to support ongoing quality improvement

QUALITY AREAS – 1, 2,3,4,5,6 & 7


Completing the Introduction to the NQF and EYLF session contributes 5 hours of QTC Registered PD addressing 6.2.2 and 6.3.2 from the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers towards maintaining Proficient Teacher Accreditation in NSW.

Thur, 6 Dec

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Acknowledging and Celebrating Aboriginal Australia – A starting point

As mainstream services, we often feel that we should be acknowledging and celebrating Aboriginal Australia in our service program. But where do we begin? And how do we enable others to understand the importance of this rich and diverse culture?

This workshop is designed to provide educators with a clearer understanding of why they are wanting to introduce Aboriginal Australia into their services. We will also explore ideas about how and who to engage with when ready to embed Aboriginal perspectives into their service program.

This is a great workshop for those wanting to create an understanding of the following:

  • Why is it important to celebrate and acknowledge Aboriginal Australia within mainstream services?
  • Where and how do I begin?
  • How do I know if I’m being culturally competent?

QUALITY AREAS – 1,4,5 & 6

Wed, 27 Jun
Wed, 29 Aug
Wed, 7 Nov

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digital documentation

Digital Documentation – Opportunities and limitations

As our world becomes more and more reliant on technology, services find themselves faced with the question: digital or paper-based documentation? Many services have begun documenting through digital platforms but will they do everything?

This session will discuss current digital documentation platforms which will enable educators to reflect on the benefits of these tools and how they could be used in their context. We will explore the opportunities that exist and what the limitations are when using digital platforms to document planning, programs and reflective practice.


This is a great session for those considering digital documentation as well as those currently utilising it.



Thu, 4 Oct
Mon, 10 Dec

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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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Expert training from CELA

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

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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