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By Dr Zali Yager 17 Apr, 2024

Early strategies for supporting positive body image

2023 Australian of the Year Taryn Brumfitt says: “We’re not born hating our bodies, it’s something the world teaches us.” So how can early childhood educators protect children in their care from the pressures and shame around the way they look?

International body image expert Dr Zali Yager shares the latest science-backed strategies with us.

By 16 Apr, 2024

Our sector leadership - 2024 Federal Budget

Community Early Learning Australia (CELA) and Community Childcare Association (CCC) have created a Federal Budget plan to ensure every child can benefit from high quality education and care, no matter where they live or how much their parents earn.

Discover the key points and what it means for our members. 

By CELA 14 Apr, 2024

How to support children after traumatic events

After natural disasters, traumatic incidents or community acts of violence, early education professionals may be the first people families and children turn to for support. Responses to such incidents can significantly impact children, families, and the community, and requires planning.

We offer recommendations for immediate and future actions, along with links to resources to assist you in providing the necessary emotional, psychological, and educational support following traumatic events.

By CELA 11 Apr, 2024

The power of celebrating cultural heritage

Every year on 18 April, ICOMOS (the International Council on Monuments and Sites) celebrates the “International Day for Monuments and Sites”, when the spotlight turns to the grand monuments included in the World Heritage list. These sites are certainly treasures worth preserving. However, it's just as important to celebrate and safeguard cultural heritage: the traditions, languages, and knowledge that define humanity's diverse cultures. 

We explore what UNESCO's "intangible cultural heritage" list is about, and how you can explore this concept with children. 

By CELA 4 Apr, 2024

The ethics of playing with food in ECEC

Discussions around the ethics of using food in play have simmered in the ECEC sector for years. 

While some believe that food can be a sensory-rich educational tool, others argue that it's a wasteful activity that clashes with cultural sensitivity.

We digest the arguments and consider the recipe for respectful and effective learning experiences.

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