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By CELA 20 Apr, 2023

A reflection on reframing inclusive early education

The early years learning framework V2 has expanded upon the principle of high expectation and equity, including a focus on inclusion. This recognises and reinforces the right of all children to participate in high-quality and inclusive early childhood settings, regardless of circumstances, strengths, gender, capabilities, or diverse ways of doing and being.  

At a time when many services are experiencing workforce pressures, including and planning for children with a diagnosis may seem challenging. 

CELA early education specialist and former preschool director Janelle Gallagher reflects on her awakening to the possibilities of inclusive early education and how it can be life-changing for children and families.  

By Elizabeth Bailey* 14 Apr, 2023

How to make music with children when you're not musical

Do you find yourself becoming Frozen when it comes to creating musical experiences with children?

Experienced Early Childhood Teacher and musical advocate Elizabeth Bailey* encourages you to "Let it go, let it go" by sharing tips and insights into how to be musical with children when you're not confident (so you can finally move on from the Frozen theme song and escape from the jaws of Baby Shark, do do do do do do). 

*Name changed for this article for privacy reasons


By CELA 5 Apr, 2023

Focus on oral sensory seeking: When should we intervene?

What should you do when you see a child in the sandpit happily eating sand again? We speak to CELA Early Education Specialist Jannelle Gallagher and Occupational Therapist Claire Joyce to learn more about oral sensory-seeking behaviours in early childhood and how best to respond. 

By CELA 4 Apr, 2023

Four ways we can grow our understanding of autism to build a more inclusive society

April is Autism Awareness Month, with a purpose of raising awareness, acceptance and inclusion surrounding autism. By promoting acceptance and understanding of autism and neurodiversity we can create a more inclusive and supportive society for all individuals, regardless of their abilities. Neurodiverse individuals should be valued and celebrated for who they are, not stigmatised or marginalised for their differences.

We explore four ways you can grow your understanding of autism in order to be part of building a more inclusive and supportive society for autistic people of all ages.  

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