By CELA 20 Sep, 2021

Considerations for keeping safe as we navigate out of lockdown

The NSW government has announced a staggered return to school in NSW starting October 25. There’s currently no guidance on when the government will recommend that all children will return to ECEC settings.

As we head towards vaccination targets and reopening dates (which some news outlets are referring to somewhat recklessly as ‘freedom day’), we need to accept that COVID is not going away. Our new ‘freedom’ will come with many new and heightened responsibilities. 

We explore the latest transmission data, and how services can keep staff and children as safe as possible as children start to return to early education and care.

By Karla 17 Sep, 2021

Active citizens with extraordinary ideas - positioning children as equal partners in pedagogical decisions

Pedagogical Leader Karla Wintle reflects on the importance of empowering children to have a voice on pedagogical decisions in an early education setting, and how the consideration of shifting power led to the creation of a children’s council at her service. 

“If we genuinely want to know what children think, feel and wonder, then the balance of power needs to shift. We must believe that children will have things to tell us that we have not heard before; the ability to listen, pause and wait for a surprise or a wonderful new idea.”
Karla Wintle
 

By CELA 10 Sep, 2021

How we can scaffold children’s learning by allowing for ‘aha’ moments

Being more 'hands off' in our teaching can actually enable more learning for children by allowing them to realise the ‘aha’ moments as they learn through play. 

In this article we share ways to facilitate aha moments, some ideas to get you started, and things to consider as you navigate through this concept. 
 

By Kate and Annie 9 Sep, 2021

The value of taking time to pause and ponder - why now is a perfect time to focus on reflective practice

Early years specialists Kate Meek and Annie O'Sullivan believe that during these uncertain and challenging times, we have a great opportunity to think deeply and remind ourselves of the importance of the work we do. Time to pause and ponder!

They share how reflective practice inspires continuous improvement, and three simple ways to integrate reflective practice into your day. 
 

By CELA 6 Sep, 2021

'On a knifes edge' - COVID in rural and remote NSW and how our sector is coping

Deputy Premier John Barilaro last week stated that the western region of NSW was on a ‘knife’s edge’ due to increasing cases of COVID. We are increasingly concerned for our members who are located in the area. Many have only just rebuilt their teams after losing them in last year's lockdown, and are being pushed financially, emotionally and physically. 

However, strong community spirit is bringing out the best in people, as they band together to protect vulnerable community members through vaccination, and focus their efforts on finding any positives they can in a challenging situation. CELA's regional early education specialist Narelle Myers and General Manager of Bourke & District Children's Services Prue Ritchie tells us what things are like for ECEC professionals and families in the area. 

By CELA 27 Aug, 2021

Making the most of learning in smaller groups plus inspiring remote engagement examples

In many parts of Australia, lockdowns in response to the spread of COVID-19 have seen a mass withdrawal of children from ECEC services. Those operating with reduced classes may need to make accommodations for the shift in dynamic and include some communication and interaction for children who are staying at home.

We share the experience of a CELA member located in one of Sydney’s hotspot areas, plus tips and advice for educating smaller groups, and some great examples of how services are connecting with children learning from home.

By CELA 27 Aug, 2021

How we can help transition to school after lockdowns

Following a disrupted year of prolonged lockdowns, how can families and educators prepare children for transition to school in 2022? If reports from our northern hemisphere counterparts – who started school in July – are anything to go by, expect the transition to school to be a little bumpy.

CELA early education specialist Kate Damo shares tips and insights into how we can help children transition more smoothly in light of the current situation. 

By CELA 24 Aug, 2021

Unprecedented challenges - How CELA is advocating for you during the current outbreak

COVID-19, and in particular the Delta strain, is presenting unprecedented challenges for our sector. The rapid fire, and at times conflicting and ambiguous changes to rules as the situation evolves, have added to the strain to services and our workforce. 

Every day since the start of the current COVID outbreak, the CELA team have been communicating directly with our members to understand how they are being affected. The information we gather shapes our CEO’s advocacy at State and Federal levels. 

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