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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.

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CCSA and CCCC working together for the benefit of NSW Preschools

Community Child Care Co-operative (CCCC) and Community Connections Solutions Australia (CCSA) have been working together over the past 12 weeks to provide advice on the development of the NSW Department of Education’s Start Strong preschool funding reform package.  The Department’s interest in our views recognised the collective experience of, and advocacy for, community preschools over several decades by the two organisations.

CCSA and CCCC were able to support the Department in the development of a funding model that supports delivery of the national objective of 600 hours of preschool education for every child in the year before school, irrespective of their location or their family circumstances.  Key modifications of the model that CCCC and CCSA’s involvement either influenced or reinforced, based on our members’ and sector experiences, included: 

  • Higher base rate funding amounts.
  • Removal of operational scaling from the former model, which unnecessarily forced services into a ‘one size fits all’ approach of preschool being 6 hours a day and 40 weeks a year.
  • Removal of funding cap scaling which penalised preschools for choosing to provide quality preschool services to additional children.
  • Introduction of the Safety Net to safeguard the ongoing viability of small regional and remote community preschools, thereby assisting equal access for children in those locations.
  • Retention of fundamental equity aspects of a structure that has been in place since at least 2008 that emphasise support to lower socio-economic localities, regional and remote locations, lower income families and Indigenous children.

CCCC and CCSA look forward to continuing their joint working relationship to ensure that community preschools are well informed and can make any necessary adaptations to make best use of the Start Strong funding package.  We are confident that the community preschool sector will similarly demonstrate its capacity to deliver on the objective of a quality preschool education for every NSW child in the year before school. (22 September 2016)

Go to the Start Strong page of our website for more information

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Early Education Funding Reform Package

On 14 September 2016, the NSW Premier Mike Baird and the Minister for Early Childhood Education Leslie Williams announced the Start Strong early education funding reform package

Start Strong takes steps towards supporting better early childhood education outcomes for all children across NSW. The sustainability of services, and improved access and affordability for children and families are the key messages that underpin the program. You can read the media release from the Premier and Minister here.

Go to the Start Strong page of our website for more information and to read Frequently Asked Questions for Preschools and Long Day Services.


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.

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.



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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