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CELA urges inclusion of early childhood staff in priority vaccinations

CELA CEO Michele Carnegie has written to The Hon Sarah Mitchell MLC, Minister for Education and Early Childhood Learning, calling on the government to include the early education and care workforce in the list of priority COVID-19 vaccinations. In her letter, Michele highlights the vital role that our workforce, as an essential service, has played […]

COVID-safe celebrations for children and educators

After an unpredictable and stressful year, we all deserve a party. Unfortunately, planning festive celebrations and graduations this year may come with a few added complications due to the ever-shifting sands of COVID-related social restrictions. Celebrations will be more important than ever this year — for children and educators. We share some ideas to kick […]

Unpacking the theme for Children’s Week 2020

Children’s Week (24 October to 1 November) is an annual event that celebrates and highlights children’s rights and achievements, including the right to enjoy childhood. This years’ theme focuses on Article 15 from the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child: “Children have the right to meet together and to join groups and […]

Tours and orientations – how to welcome new families while staying COVID safe (part two)

Tours and orientations of early learning services are important for both educators and families and can be an emotional and much-anticipated experience.  However, conducting tours and orientations during COVID-19 brings a whole new raft of challenges. This two-part series explores strategies for welcoming new families while keeping everyone safe. In this article, we focus on […]

New resource helps children feel informed when visiting a COVID respiratory clinic

Around Australia, many children are having to visit respiratory clinics instead of their regular family doctor. They may need to undertake a COVID-19 test. This can be confronting to young children, who may arrive to see large tents full of unfamiliar people with clipboards, wearing face masks and other protective clothing. After speaking to a […]

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 four and five year olds it will be a very different experience to those who’ve gone before them. Their education has been disrupted by COVID-19 at a crucial time when they should be learning new skills to support their transition […]

Wrangling runny noses in a COVID-19 environment

Prior to the pandemic, runny noses were an expected sight in early education and care settings. They have now been blown into the centre of heated debates around ECEC protocols and safety measures. Should you send a child home who ‘only’ has a runny nose? What if it’s clear vs green or yellow? What should […]

Preparing 4 year olds for school in a COVID-19 environment

Across Australia, hundreds of thousands of children are attending their final year of early childhood education and care, before starting primary school. This is an important year for four-year-olds, where they continue to develop skills that will assist them in transitioning to school. These skills include playing with other children, regulating emotions and participating in […]

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