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CCSA is the go to organisation for early childhood education and care services. We provide specialist information and support in governance, management, compliance, business support and workplace relations. We also provide bookkeeping and payroll services, as well as management training for the professional development of Directors, staff and management committees.


July 2016 Pay Rates

The July 2016 pay rates are now available here on the CCSA website. Rates will increase by 2.4% from the first full pay period commencing on or after Friday 1 July 2016. The pay rate documents include information about applying these rates. Please contact the CCSA Management Infoline on freecall 1800 991 602 or 4782 1470 if you require further information or assistance.

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Teacher Accreditation and Recruitment

Your service can no longer legally employ an Early Childhood Teacher to teach unless they are recognised and accredited under the BOSTES process.

When recruiting for an Early Childhood Teacher the service must make sure the employee is an accredited teacher under the Teacher Accreditation Act 2004. An Early Childhood Teacher can only be accredited once they have completed their qualification. All new teachers commencing work in an early childhood service in NSW on or after 1 October 2016 will need to apply for provisional or conditional accreditation. Once they are accredited, teachers will have up to five years to demonstrate they meet the requirements for full accreditation at Proficient Teacher. Before employing an Early Childhood Teacher you will need proof of accreditation (ie a copy of their accredition). Services will not be able to employ a person to teach in an early childhood education and care service who is not accredited.

Accredited "Proficient Teachers" must maintain accreditation. This involves:

  • 100 hours of professional development over a five year cycle for full time teachers while part time and casual teachers have a seven year cycle. The professional development must demonstrate that their teaching practice meets the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers, and
  • payment of the annual accreditation fee.

Go to our Accreditation page for more informationl and links to the BOSTES Accreditation pages.


Early Childhood Education and Care Sector Development Program

All  training sessions, webinars and guides under the two Sector Development Program projects being undertaken by CCSA have now been delivered. You can download copies of all available resources below.

To read what our participants said about each of the projects, click on  Legislation and the National Quality Framework - Feedback and Social Enterprise - Feedback.

The two projects were:

Social Enterprise: preschool management and sustainability
This project looked at social enterprise in an Early Childhood Education and Care context - considering issues such as how to identify social impacts, develop innovation, incorporate sustainability in service planning and measure social outcomes.

Legislation and the National Quality Framework
This project assisted Community Preschools and Long Day Care services meet their regulatory obligations and improve their quality assessment and rating result, by strengthening approaches to compliance with National Law and the National Regulations and self-assessment against the National Quality Standard.

Go here for copies of the workshop and webinar slide presentation, and resource guides.

This training is provided by the Department of Education as part of the Early Childhood Education and Care Sector Development Program.

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CCSA Training and Consultancies

CCSA offers in-house training and consultancies that are tailored to the specific needs of your service. We can help you with a range of management and operational issues including mentoring and coaching for leadership, team building, and financial management for new committee members.

Governance and Management Training for new committees

Are your new committee members aware of their roles and responsibilitites? Do they have an understanding of regulations and compliance in the early childhood sector? Do you want a committee that works together towards improving the efficiency and effectiveness of your service?

CCSA can provide Governance and Management Training as an induction new new committees, or a refresher for continuing committee members. We know you and your service, and we encourage you to take advantage of our expertise and knowledge in Governance and Management.

To find out more, go to the Training pages of the CCSA website, or call us today to discuss a tailored consultancy to resolve your specific governance and management issue  


Accreditation of Early Childhood Teachers

CCSA continues to represent members in various working groups and forums. One important working group is the Board of Studies Teaching and Educational Standards (BOSTES) Working Party for the Accreditation of teachers working in Early Childhood Setting. CCSA supports the transition of Early Childhood Teachers (ECTs) to the teacher accreditation system and is assisting where possible to ensure that ECTs are supported through the process, and that the transition will not disadvantage teachers.

CCSA will continue to provide information on this process to our members on the Accreditation page of our website, and we also encourage you to track the BOSTES website to stay up-to-date.

You can download the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers here.


CCSA selected as an Operational Support Program provider!

CCSA is pleased to announce that we have been selected to provide services under the Community Preschool Operational Support Program (OSP).

We will be working with the NSW Department of Education to provide sector-specific advice and mentoring support to preschools that have been identified as eligible to receive assistance. Go to this webpage for more information.

Together we acknowledge the contributions of the traditional custodians of this land. We acknowledge the contribution of Aboriginal Australians, Torres Strait Islander peoples, and Non-Aboriginal Australians to the education and care of all children and people in this country in which we live and share.


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