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Jodie Harrison returns to NSW Shadow ECE portfolio

It’s always a positive when a politician appointed to an educational post brings with them some knowledge and, ideally, practical experience of the portfolio. So in NSW, home to one-third of Australia’s children, it’s a welcome back to the new ALP Shadow Minister for Early Childhood Learning, Jodie Harrison, who previously held the role from […]

Help evaluate the CCS Package

Take the survey, help the sector CELA is helping the Australian Institute of Family Studies (AIFS) to gather information about the impact of the Australian Government’s Child Care Package.  The AIFS began a three year evaluation project in 2018, and will report to the Commonwealth Department of Education with the results. You may have already […]

Child Care Package evaluation

By Michele Carnegie, CELA CEO Did you know that the Australian Institute of Family Studies (AIFS) is gathering information about the impact of the Australian Government’s Child Care Package? The evaluation has been commissioned by the Australian Government Department of Education (formerly the Department of Education and Training) over three years starting in 2018. This […]

One dollar makes two in ECE investment

The Front Project has commissioned the first comprehensive Australian analysis of the economic impact of early childhood education. CELA CEO Michele Carnegie attended the release event in Melbourne last week. You can read more about The Front Project and the significance of the research to the business community in this article. For the first time, […]

Where to now?

The re-election of the previous government means working with a known quantity – but how well do you know what the Morrison government has in mind for early childhood education? And what does that mean for advocates of high quality care for children, professional wages and conditions for educators, national consistency and an independent authority […]

Why this election matters for early learning

Amplify presents a final summary of the major party ECE policy platforms ahead of the Federal election on Saturday May 18. The commentary in this article was prepared by CELA CEO Michele Carnegie and CELA Policy and Research Consultant, Megan O’Connell. We’ve also drawn from our recent coverage as well as the campaign at Early […]

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National Early Childhood Election Forum

National Early Childhood Election Forum report The forum held in Melbourne last week was sponsored by some of the partners behind Early Learning: Everyone Benefits – CELA, ECA-Victoria, ELAA, Goodstart, CELA, KU Children’s Services, and Playgroups Australia. CELA CEO Michele Carnegie and Research Adviser Megan O’Connell attended the event. Interesting viewing Last week’s National Early […]

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Labor promises urgent review of BBF funding

Square pegs in a round hole Vicki Olds is an early childhood teacher, but lately she’s wondering why. For years she’s delivered specialised and responsive early childhood education programs to some of Australia’s most remote and vulnerable families as part of the Broken Hill Outback Mobile Resource Unit, a BBF (budget-based funding) service that covers […]

ECE in the election

In person or online, you can join the 2019 National Early Childhood Election Forum presented by the Early Learning Everyone Benefits Campaign Thursday 2 May, from 6.30-8pm Confirmed speakers so far: Amanda Rishworth (ALP) and Janet Rice (Greens) Wheeler Centre, Melbourne OR livestream from the Early Childhood Australia Facebook page on any device Tickets are free. […]

OSHC under the spotlight

With vacation care underway in many parts of Australia, and OSHC the centre of some big spending commitments at the recent NSW election, it’s timely to take a look at what’s on offer and how it might play out for educators and school communities. Amplify editor Bec Lloyd speaks to CELA CEO Michele Carnegie in […]

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