CELA membership: When you’re with us, you’re always supported

Being a CELA member means that you’ll never have to face a challenge alone. Our highly experienced sector specialists are only a phone call or email away.

When you contact CELA you’ll be speaking with people who have operational experience in service delivery and management, many of whom are still working in the sector. Whether you’re looking for a better understanding of how regulatory changes affect you and your service, or resources and support to improve practice and service delivery, our expert staff will help you to find your way.

Telling it louder, sharing it wider and making it clearer

We’re your voice for advocacy and a vital channel for sector information  – delivering breaking news via our weekly Amplify! publication and providing a platform for discussion and commentary on sector topics. We turn complex issues into relatable and understandable information.

Your first point of call for professional development, consultancy and networking

We’re an essential source of training and development for all levels of early education and care, providing a range of regularly updated courses which can be tailored to the needs of your team, and webinars that can be viewed at a time that suits you.

Our expert consultants have helped many services to navigate through all aspects of the set up and implementation of a successful service, while our inspiring networking events have brought together thousands of likeminded professionals to share their ideas and build their knowledge in a warm, friendly environment.

CELA has been supporting early education and care professionals for over 40 years

Time saving resources – our member library

Front page of CELA sample safe sleep and rest policy

Our member library contains up-to-date resources that will help you to navigate the National Quality Framework and Standards and provide the best possible outcomes for children at your service. A rich repository of helpful guides, forms and sample policies that will save you time and empower you to achieve the outcomes you need for your service to succeed.

Resources include:

Simple guides | Plans | Infographics | Forms | Philosophies | Signs

Team resource kits | Sample job descriptions | Sample operational policies


View a sample of our resources

Inspiring training – our education program

CELA’s range of courses are designed to lift and inspire your team in all areas of professional practice. With a focus around supporting NQF outcomes, the EYLF and MTOP, every course provides a practical, hands-on approach to professional development for all levels of experience and qualification.

Members receive a 10% discount off all CELA courses, plus an invitation to attend one webinar a month, completely free.



CELA is a NESA endorsed PD provider. Many of our courses contribute to the Teacher Identified PD component of the accreditation requirement and can be customised to meet the needs of your team.


Download our training calendar

Informed and connected keeping you up to date and cutting the clutter

Our team have their fingers on the pulse of early and middle education sector announcements to ensure that our members are kept up to date with policies and regulations, in a language that makes sense. We report on current issues in our Amplify! blog and Rattler magazine, which are free to members.


Read some of our recent Amplify! blog articles that help you to make sense of what’s going on in our sector:

Engaging events


There’s nothing like spending time with a group of likeminded people who share your values and aspirations.

We run a program of events designed to stimulate thinking, inspire best practice and bring likeminded people together to lift each other up.



View current events

Job postings – build your amazing team

Learning Links


Our website is visited by over 7,000 people a month, keeping us connected to some of the best early and middle education professionals in Australia. This makes our website a great place to advertise your current job openings. Members are free to post as many listings as they like.


View our jobs board

Achieve your goals with our acclaimed consultancy services


We’ve helped thousands of services to open their doors, achieve accreditation, improve their ratings and reach their goals.

As a member you not only have access to our expert consultants, but you receive a 10% discount on all consultancy services.


“I have great news regarding the centre: Our service approval has officially been granted! Your advice played a key role in our success, and I would like to extend to you our sincere thanks on behalf of the Church and the childcare centre.”

St Paul’s Childcare Centre

Your membership helps us to advocate for quality education and care for all Australian children

As the peak body for early and middle childhood education, we Amplify the voice of educators from community and private services, representing your goals and concerns at state and national discussions.

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