By CELA 9 Aug, 2022

Should we be teaching gratitude to the under fives?

Research tells us that gratitude promotes well-being and life satisfaction, but is the practice of gratitude appropriate for very young children?  

To find out more, we speak to gratitude advocates and CELA members Kathy Phipps (Director of Narooma Preschool) and Ying Bean (Director of The Ridge Preschool and Childcare Centre). 

By Deborah Hoger 29 Jul, 2022

Celebrating Children's Day 2022: My Dreaming, My Future

Every year on 4 August, Australia celebrates National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Children's Day (Children's Day). This is a national day dedicated to celebrating First Nations children and recognising the importance that culture, family and community play in the life of every Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander child. 

Deborah Hoger, a proud Dunghutti woman and early years Indigenous educational resources specialist, shares what this year's theme means, and why every service should celebrate this day.  

By CELA 26 Jul, 2022

What does universal pre-kindergarten look like in Ontario, and has it been a success?

In June, the New South Wales Government announced landmark funding of $5.8 billion over ten years to deliver one year of play-based early learning in the year before school.  

We recently interviewed Minister Sarah Mitchell about the initiative. She explained that she had visited Ontario, Canada, a few years ago to learn how similar reforms were implemented. "There are a lot of similarities between that part of the world and NSW, in terms of geographical spread and Indigenous population," Minister Mitchell told us, noting that Ontario offered a good comparison. 

We explore what universal pre-kindergarten looks like in Ontario, including the challenges and successes for children and the workforce.  

By CELA 14 Jul, 2022

What Old Enough! teaches us about child development

Japanese reality TV show Hajimete no Otsukai (My First Errand), rebranded as Old Enough! on Netflix, depicts toddlers being sent on their first complex errand.

We explore what the show says about society’s approach to giving children responsibility, and how its themes fit within a local cultural context. 

By CELA 11 Jul, 2022

Tips for modelling respectful conversations in front of children

Conversations are key to relationships, and as children develop their language and listening skills, the communication habits of the adults around them can start to have a big influence.

To learn how to best respect the little ears that surround us on a daily basis, we spoke to Alison Donkin, Educational Leader and Early Childhood Teacher at Gymea Community Preschool in NSW.

By Meg Anastasi 1 Jul, 2022

Opinion: Is it time to re-assess our relationship with digital documentation platforms?

Early childhood settings in Australia have seen a rapid rise in the use of digital documentation tools. As services work towards reducing their environmental footprint, these digital tools can be viewed as a holistic alternative platform for parent communication, documentation of learning and general information sharing with important stakeholders. 

Educator Meg Anastasi shares her views on the pros and cons of digital platforms for documentation and how we can reassert control by putting guidelines in place.  

By CELA 28 Jun, 2022

Workforce challenges: three member case studies

Our recent Early Childhood Education and Care Workforce Survey Pulse Check confirms what we have been hearing anecdotally through member calls and emails, that our workforce is in crisis, and that there are a number of factors exacerbating this. 

To further inform our advocacy, a number of our members have provided detailed information about their individual workforce challenges in order to further shine a light on what needs to be done, and how that changes depending on factors such as service type and location.  

Here we provide a brief summary of three of those case studies. Further details will be provided in an upcoming edition of Broadside. 

By CELA 27 Jun, 2022

What needs to be implemented now to help solve our workforce issues

We are incredibly excited about what recent announcements could mean for the future of our sector and for Australia’s children. However, if we don't start addressing the workforce challenges our sector is facing immediately, we run the risk of failing to meet the policy objectives of the historic early childhood education and care reforms.

“In order to secure the success of these new reforms, it’s vital that retention and recruitment strategies are implemented,” says Michele Carnegie, CELA CEO. “There are many and varied reasons that our workforce is in crisis, and while remuneration is one factor, there needs to be a broad range of strategies applied to start fixing the underlying causes now.” 

Read on to find out what our recent workforce survey revealed about the key issues being faced by our members and the urgent solutions we are advocating.

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By CELA 21 Jun, 2022

New South Wales Government’s historic early childhood education investment

Over the past week, the New South Wales Government has announced a transformational early childhood education and care agenda. This includes funding of over $12 billion to implement a range of initiatives between now and 2030.

CELA CEO Michele Caregie shares more details about the annoucements, how the policy aligns with our advocay, plus our next steps to ensure the community sector can harness these opportunities. 

By CELA 17 Jun, 2022

What Minister Sarah Mitchell told us about this week's sector announcements

This week the NSW Government announced a series of landmark initiatives for our sector, including a year of universal pre-kindergarten for all children by 2030.  

Yesterday we spoke to Minister for Education and Early Learning Sarah Mitchell to find out how the initiatives came about, what they mean for the community sector, and what plans are in place to help solve the workforce crisis.  

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