The last fortnight has been a very sobering one for all of us; especially for our members in Greater Sydney and other LGA’s of concern where the lockdown has been extended for at least another month, and for those in regional NSW also now placed into lockdown.
Our thoughts are with you as you continue to navigate your own path through this pandemic. We urge you to take care of yourself and reach out for support where and when needed. Be You, Lifeline and Beyond Blue are all there for help and support.
I have always recognised each individual’s critical role in delivering a quality early childhood service, and the teamwork that achieves this. However, at this point in time, I really want to call out to Directors of early childhood services. You take on an important role and huge responsibility to lead your service and team, support your Management Committee and engage with the Department and your local community, whilst supporting your own family and home life. All of us at CCSA are here to support you and share the load where we can to make life a little easier; by listening to your experience, sharing a solution, or providing you with some guidance.
I have been advocating day, and at times night, to ensure the Government hears about your experiences and understands the issues confronting services, families and communities as a result of the COVID pandemic.
CCSA is also proud to be working with fellow colleagues and like minded organisations to advocate on behalf of the Early Childhood sector. As an active member of the Early Childhood Education Advisory Group we have jointly sent this letter to the NSW Premier seeking greater clarity for ECEC services in NSW during the current COVID outbreak and resulting lockdowns.
CCSA continues to be a voice for our Members, and continues to provide direct support as we all navigate the changes impacting the early childhood sector. We recognise that attendance, safety of staff and children, workforce and financial viability are all key issues at present. Please don’t hesitate to call or email me directly with your questions or concerns as I am in constant communication with the Minister’s office and the Department of Education.
Stay safe, and remember that we are here for you.
Meg Mendham, CEO