ELAA is here for early childhood providers who want to nurture their staff and do their best for every child in their care. We provide innovative and transformative solutions that are accessible and agile, translated from ongoing reformatory shifts and changes. Our early childhood education and care experts are just a phone call or mouse click away.
Expert Advice & Support
ELAA Members* can contact our Member Solutions team for personalised advice and support on the governance of your service, payroll, management responsibilities, industrial relations, human resource management, Occupational Health and Safety, Road Safety Education policy and advice, Professional Development and much more. Your query is usually handled by one ELAA team member so you’ll get consistency and follow up when needed and peace of mind knowing that the advice you receive is backed by the collective Early Childhood Education and Care (ECEC) sector expertise in the ELAA team. *Service not available for Supporter Members
Advocacy & Representation
Members are at the core of our advocacy – we need your voice. Be part of ELAA’s collective voice that advocates to all levels of government on issues that matter to the Early Childhood Education and Care (ECEC) sector.
We speak directly to the Victorian and Australian Federal Government with the message that early childhood education and care service providers need ongoing, scalable funding to support Australian children to thrive in their early years. This is in addition to our long running advocacy for fairness and equity when it comes to children from vulnerable families accessing early childhood education and care link to our key Advocacy activities in 2023:
- supporting members to influence and plan for early childhood education reforms including the introduction of 30 hours of Pre-Prep by 2032
- initiating and contributing to initiatives to grow, retain and upskill the early childhood workforce
- collecting evidence to understand the cost of quality early childhood delivery and advocating for sector sustainability
- collaborating with other peaks and providers to improve access and equity in early childhood education
Service Management Resources
Access the member portal for quality resources on staffing, the child information sharing scheme, service models, budgeting and much more.
As an ELAA member you will receive exclusive services from our team such as free assistance with employee long service leave calculations and classifying employees under VECTEA. There’s also great member only discounts on our premium resources including our highly popular PolicyWorks (including updates), and Early Childhood Management Manual.
There’s also free access to webinars on highly relevant topics like managing employees during a time of crisis.
Member Reference Groups
‘Collaboration’ is the key word when it comes to the way ELAA does things. We work with members, other early years sector peak bodies, and governments to strive for excellence and equity in Early Childhood Education and Care (ECEC). Our reference groups give members the opportunity to actively participate in setting the policy agenda for ECEC in Australia.
Our Industrial Relations Reference Group, which is open to all members, works to inform members about key industrial and employment issues and to work with governments, regulators, stakeholders and unions to ensure IR policies are formulated and implemented to the mutual benefit of employers and staff.
ELAA also has a number of reference groups specifically to support Early Years Manager (EYM) organisations including:
- CEO Group – recognised by Commonwealth and State Governments as an influential voice in ECEC policy and practice.
- Early Years Management Reference Group – informs the implementation of the EYM Framework, engages with the Victorian Department of Education and Training, and provides an effective and consultative forum for operational discussions.
- Early Years Management Rural Sub-group – develops information, advice and tools for rural and remote services and shares practice knowledge and expertise for practitioners.
Our Member Solutions team members provide excellent advice as part of our regular phone and email advisory service but sometimes you need more intensive and sustained support to deal with a particular issue. An ELAA subject expert, or one of our consultancy partners, can work with your team to find sustainable and long-term solutions to industrial relations, conflict management, Occupational Health and Safety, governance, operational and other issues. As an ELAA member you’ll get great ELAA member rates on specialised consultancies.
Don’t miss out on great perks with ELAA partners like a 10% saving on implementation fees from EnrolNow and discounts on their newest Digital Sign In Sign Out module. As an ELAA member you will also qualify for a Bunnings ‘Powerpass’ card and receive up to 30% on over 4000 specially selected items, such as playground equipment, child safety, arts & crafts, security systems, gardening and more. The collective buying power of ELAA Members allows us to reward you with bigger discounts.
Our preferred recruitment partner, anzuk Education, are proud sponsors of the anzuk Education Job Board where members can advertise for quality staff free of charge on a web page that earns 150,000 views annually. anzuk Education also help services celebrate a volunteer that makes a real difference to the Early Childhood Education and Care (ECEC) community through the anzuk Education Early Childhood Volunteer of the Year Award. To find out more, please click here.
ELAA Members who sign up to an Officeworks Business Account get preferential pricing on over 1500 products including paper, paints and pencils; a dedicated ELAA portal for ordering; personalised service from an Officeworks Business Account Manager; and same day delivery for orders placed before 11.30AM.
Rentokil Initial, are a global leader in hygiene solutions. ELAA members have access to a free hygiene audit, providing an assessment of indoor air quality and ventilation, as well as expert advice on the most effective solutions to protect against health risks, including COVID-19. CLICK HERE to download further information or to arrange your free hygiene audit and find the right air purifier for your business, call 1300 923 597 or complete the online form HERE.
Our other partners include HESTA who offer our members excellent superannuation services, and AB Phillips, whose team can offer tailored insurance products and services to minimise risk and ensure comprehensive coverage.
Recruiting for staff can be a time consuming and costly business. Proudly sponsored by our preferred recruitment partner, anzuk Education, our Job Board offers ELAA members free recruitment advertising on one of the ‘go to’ employment sites for the early childhood education and care sector.
Access the job board HERE.
In addition to our current online offerings on service governance, Road Safety Education, and OHS we will soon be delivering an entirely new program of high quality online professional development known as Learning Brought to Life. The program will target early years educators, Committees of Management, managers and leaders in EYMs, and ELAA members will receive generous discounts on all fee-for-service training.
Sector News & Updates
In addition to ELAAvate, members receive exclusive member e-updates that include more detailed and targeted advice on vital topics such as industrial relations updates, wage decisions, the portable long service leave scheme, advocacy to governments on a range of issues, special offers for ELAA members from our partners and much more.
And there’s also the ELAA News Portal, an open access library of all our key sector news items – ideal for catching up on anything you missed in ELAAvate.
Our Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn pages also keep members and the wider Early Child Education and Care sector up to date on important sector news, regulatory changes, exclusive member offers and more.