Essential Guide for Early Learning Service Management in NSW – 2021 digital revised edition

Digital edition – PDF (416 PAGES)


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The Essential Guide for Early Learning Service Management in NSW offers extensive information about a director’s role and the how to of managing money and resources, staff, compliance, planning, policy, children’s safety, leadership and advocacy of an education and care service.

Available to CELA members, this guide particularly examines the underpinnings of quality education and care service provision. It also contains a wide range of sample forms to be used by services on a daily basis and provides access to carefully chosen websites to enable directors to obtain accurate, up-to-date information.

The guide is widely recognised as an invaluable resource for managing an early education and care service in NSW. Whether you’ve been a director for years, or an educator looking to broaden your knowledge, Essential Guide is, well, essential!

[The Essential Guide] has saved the day so many times! It’s great being able to pull it out and have a starting point.
– Sue, Greenmeadows Preschool


The Essential Guide went through a full review in 2021, taking into account changes to legislation across the sector. All sample forms and external website links have been reviewed and updated, along with information relating to the NQF and NQS.


1. A director’s management responsibilities

2. Education and care in NSW: an overview

3. The importance of good management

4. Managing money and resources

5. Managing staff

6. Managing compliance

7. Managing planning and policy

8. Managing children’s safety

9. Managing the challenges

10. Managing action, advocacy and activism

11. Leadership

12. Resources to support management


PLEASE NOTE: After your purchase, you will be contacted by a member of the CELA team with the link to download the PDF file. Please don’t hesitate to contact us on 1800 157 818 if you have any questions. 





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