A letter to our members - 13 August 2021

COVID-19

A letter to our members - 13 August 2021

As I write this, the COVID 19 Delta strain is impacting 90% of our members across NSW. Whether you are located in an area under Stay-at-Home restrictions or not, we know that there is a great deal of additional pressure on our members.  

Physical Distancing Tool

COVID-19

Physical Distancing Tool

Physical distancing is one of the key measures currently being utilised to contribute to Australia’s ability to severely limit transmission of COVID-19.

Member news - COVID-19 Information & Advocacy

COVID-19

Member news - COVID-19 Information & Advocacy

It is important that all services are aware of current advice and updates regarding the COVID-19 virus. The amount of information (and misinformation) circulating can be incredibly overwhelming. Information is changing rapidly and the best way to stay up to date is to refer to reliable websites as a source of truth.

Investing in our Future Report

COVID-19

Investing in our Future Report

CELA, together with Early Learning Association of Australia and Community Child Care have released a report which highlights the significant workforce shortages in early education and care. 

COVID Vaccination Status Log

COVID-19

COVID Vaccination Status Log

According to the NSW Department of Education's "COVID Safety in Early Childhood Education and Care Services" all ECEC services should keep a log of employees' vaccination status, including volunteers and contractors who attend on site. No need to create your own log from scratch - just download this template to get started.

Letter to parents

COVID-19

Letter to parents

A sample letter to send to parents asking for their help and cooperation to ensure the health and safety of your service community.  

COVID-19 Communicating with parents

COVID-19

COVID-19 Communicating with parents

In a time of ‘social distancing’ we face a challenge to maintain focus on relationship building. Use the following checklist to help you plan and initiate practices that are guided by the NQS and EYLF/MTOP while helping you to build partnerships with families and the broader community.

CELA Report - Families and vulnerability: Why early education is essential to COVID recovery

COVID-19

CELA Report - Families and vulnerability: Why early education is essential to COVID recovery

The impact of the COVID-19 pandemic and lockdown on Australia’s most vulnerable children has been stark, and many effects are yet to be seen.

Staffing Arrangements During COVID-19

COVID-19

Staffing Arrangements During COVID-19

Occasionally reduced participation by children at services may result in, educators not required to work at the service or may do so on a rotational basis. A number of educators may have health matters that prevent them from attending work. In the event of a prolonged forced closure, whole teams may be working from home.

Broadside - COVID-19 CELA responds

COVID-19

Broadside - COVID-19 CELA responds

CELA is deeply concerned about CCS funded community and not-for-profit early childhood education and care services who due the limitations of current government support are never likely to recover from any closure beyond a fortnight. The risk of services never opening again is very real.

Broadside - Child Care Funding

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Broadside - Child Care Funding

This information is relevant to services previously funded under CCS, such as long day care, out of school hours care, family day care and occassional care.

Broadside - How children are faring in their year before school

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Broadside - How children are faring in their year before school

Hundreds of thousands of children across Australia are finishing early childhood education this year. For these children it will be a very different experience to those who’ve gone before them.

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