By CELA 5 Jun, 2023

CELA CEO represents members as multi-employer bargaining begins

A better paid early education and care workforce could be just around the corner, under a historic pay negotiation plan of unity and cooperation launched today. 

Early education and care peak bodies will embark on a collaborative process with unions to demonstrate how increased workforce professionalism can deliver the best opportunities for Australia’s children and their parents.

“Nothing is more urgent, that’s why CELA and our members are showing leadership by coming to the table under these new laws,” said CELA CEO Michele Carnegie at today’s press conference with Tony Burke, Minister for Employment & Workplace Relations.

Find out what else was said and download the media release.

By CELA 2 Jun, 2023

CELAs response: IPART Review of ECEC in NSW

IPART (Independent Pricing and Regulatory Tribunal) is reviewing the NSW early childhood education and care sector to understand affordability, accessibility, and consumer choice, and make recommendations where necessary to improve them. IPART released an Issues Paper seeking feedback on experiences of access and affordability in the sector.

Read CELA's response to the Issues Paper

By CELA 22 May, 2023

Time for a new vision: CELA’s submission to the Early Childhood Education and Care Productivity Commission inquiry

The Early Education and Care Productivity Commission inquiry examines the early childhood education and care (ECEC) sector. The Commission will consider cost and availability barriers that affect access to ECEC services, and ways to support better outcomes for children and families.  

Read CELA's executive summary and download a copy of our submission.  

By Deborah Hoger 19 May, 2023

An ethical approach to exploring Aboriginal art in ECEC

Many early education services are enthusiastic about involving children in Indigenous art experiences such as dot painting and body decoration.  

Regular CELA writer and Indigenous early education resource specialist Deborah Hoger shares her thoughts about what we should know, consider and teach children in relation to these experiences.

By CELA 19 May, 2023

10 things volunteer management committee members should know

Volunteer management committees or boards play a unique role in the governance of not for profit early education and care services. In this article, we explain the importance of their role and outline ten important things new volunteer committee/board members should know. 

By Deborah Hoger 12 May, 2023

NAIDOC WEEK 2023: For our Elders

NAIDOC Week celebrations will be held from 2-9 July 2023. This year's theme is For our Elders. 

Proud Dunghutti woman and Indigenous early education resource specialist Deborah Hoger unpacks how early education services can embrace and celebrate the theme, including tips and insights. 

By CELA 8 May, 2023

Does being inclusive mean cancelling Mother's Day celebrations?

As we approach Mother’s Day, many services are busy with craft activities and preparations for morning teas, concerts and tributes to beloved mums. With inclusion and equity a focus in the EYLF V2.0, some are wondering whether this celebration is still relevant, whether adjustments should be made, or whether to cancel the celebration altogether. 

We speak with CELA early education specialists Meg Anastasi and Rachel Ho, Meni Tsambouniaris from Diversity Kids and Scott Brunelle from Rainbow Families to provide some great thought starters and viewpoints on the matter. 

By Meg Anastasi 1 May, 2023

Rethinking forced apologies in the early years

Are forced apologies in early childhood a pathway to empathy or a misguided mission?

ECT and CELA trainer Meg Anastasi shares effective methods for nurturing a room filled with genuine emotional connections and compassion.

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