By CELA 1 Dec, 2023

Changes to food safety requirements (NSW)

Children's services in New South Wales that include meal provision as part of their activities now have an extended deadline, until December 2024, to meet the new food safety standards. These standards, outlined in Standard 3.2.2A of the Food Standards Code, initially had a compliance deadline of December 2023. This extension is a result of advocacy by CELA.

Find out what the change means for your service in our summary. 

By CELA 27 Nov, 2023

Productivity Commission shares its new vision for a truly universal early education and care sector

The Productivity Commission has released its draft report on the future of early childhood education and care. It outlines a road map to deliver the Prime Minister’s ambitious vision for a truly universal high quality early learning system. 

Find out why it matters, how CELA raised the voices of small and community providers, and what happens next.  

By Catherine Underwood 24 Nov, 2023

The role of outdoor environments and documentation in enriching play-based learning

Early Childhood Teacher and NDIS Disability Support Worker Catherine Underwood co-facilitates playgroups for Nature Explorers, a nature based program that is run out of Pottsville Community Preschool.

In this article she provides a beautiful reflection on the power of documentation in protecting and advocating for the value of children's play, and the value of outdoor education on mind, body and sustainability. 

By CELA 20 Nov, 2023

Barefoot boundaries: The pros and cons of going barefoot

"You learn a lot when you're barefoot. The first thing is every step you take is different."

Michael Franti

There’s increasing momentum around the topic of supporting children to be barefoot outside. More than just a personal preference, there are some interesting perspectives and research studies that advocate for a barefoot approach.  

We explore the different facets of the barefoot conversation with Paediatric Occupational Therapist Dr Nicole Grant, ECEC Director Niki Moodie and Outdoor Educator Libby Bridge. 

By Meg Anastasi 9 Nov, 2023

Five ways to support children during group time

Group times are a hotly contested topic in the early childhood sector. Some people love them, others hate them, and both sides have deep pedagogical thinking supporting them.

ECT and CELA trainer Meg Anastasi shares five thoughtful and reflective ways to support children during group time. 

By CELA 3 Nov, 2023

The HALT Accreditation process: What it is and why it's important

ECT and CELA trainer Dr. Debra Williams has become the first Early Childhood Teacher to achieve Highly Accomplished and Lead Teacher (HALT) accreditation in NSW. 

Dr Williams shares what the accreditation is, why it's important, and what you will learn if you decide to go through the process. 

By CELA 2 Nov, 2023

Trauma informed resources to support educators

Findings from the Australian Maltreatment Study, released earlier this year, reveal that childhood trauma is a prevailing concern in Australia, affecting over 62% of children and young people. Trauma during childhood can have profound and lasting effects on cognitive, social, and emotional development.

High-quality early years education plays a crucial role in identifying issues early and ensuring appropriate assessment and support for affected children and families. Find out how The Alannah & Madeline Foundation's Trauma Consultancy Service (TraCS) program and their recently launched Trauma-informed Practice Guide (TIO Practice Guide), are transforming the way educators approach teaching and caregiving.

By CELA 27 Oct, 2023

Awesome orientations: How to welcome families to your service

Children experience many transitions in their early years. Orientations are vital for children and families, but they don’t always get the consideration they deserve. Here, three early childhood professionals share their tips for success. 

Thank you to Meg Anastsi (ECT), Catherine Lee (Director at The Point Preschool) and Lorriene Bullivant (Director at Euroka Children’s Centre) for their valuable insights. 

By Ava Karusoo-Musumeci 19 Oct, 2023

Research project: Could intergenerational programs support bilingual families?

Bilingualism offers countless cognitive, academic, and cultural benefits for children (Fox et al., 2019). However, the availability of heritage language support programs in Australia remains limited, especially for preschool-aged children.

Clinical Trial Coordinator Ava Karusoo Musumeci (The EARLI Project at Neuroscience Research Australia) shares the potential benefits of bilingual intergenerational programs and details a new research project aimed at gathering parent perspectives on the idea of having bilingual intergenerational programs in the community. 

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