16 DecELAA CEO update 16 December 2020

Posted on 16 Dec 2020

Dear ELAA members

As the year draws to a close I would like to again thank every one of our members and their dedicated staff for their commitment in responding to everything that 2020 has thrown at us – from bushfires and floods to the COVID-19 pandemic and the seismic change that it brought to the way early childhood education services are operated and funded. You have been at the forefront of a series of disruptive events unprecedented in modern Australia, yet you have continued to support families, children and communities through the provision of high quality early childhood education and care.

While supporting our members to operate in a COVID-safe way will  continue to be a key focus for ELAA next year, more specific priorities for 2021 include:

  • improving the financial sustainability of the sessional kindergarten model, including EYM run services
  • supporting members to implement the new VECTEA
  • collaborating with Federal Department of Education, Skills and Employment on a ECEC workforce strategy
  • refining our member focused work practices and processes to improve responsiveness
  • continuing to provide timely and high quality support to members.

A reminder that the ELAA office and help line will be closed from the afternoon of 23 December and will re-open 9a.m. Monday, 4 January. Members requiring support from our Member Solutions team will therefore need to log any requests via memberservices@elaa.org.au before 5p.m. on Monday, 21 December. Please note the deadline for requesting assistance with annual leave, long service, and termination calculations has now passed.

As this is the final eNews for 2020 I would thank the team at ELAA for their hard work and dedication during what has been an extraordinary year – the Board and I are extremely proud of the way our staff responded and innovated to meet the needs of members during the pandemic.

Finally, I would like to wish everyone a happy and safe end to 2020 and we look forward to supporting our members and the ECEC sector in 2021.

David Worland


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