Funded Programs

CCSA has been appointed by the NSW Department of Education to provider panels that support the development of the early childhood education and care sector. We are also contracted by other government departments and organistions to provide expertise in training and development. No programs are currently being delivered.

Current Program

Quality Ratings Initiative.


CCSA is developing a series of resources to build knowledge and confidence across the sector to take advantage of the redesigned quality ratings certificate when engaging with stakeholders to raise awareness of the National Quality Framework and rating system.

Resources will include

  • animated video series
  • a targeted series of story sharing sessions where a network of champions will facilitate discussions and share ideas
  • follow-up phone support and mentoring.

This series is funded by the Department of Education and brought to you by CCSA as part of the sector building capacity program.

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Completed Programs

The Department of Education administered the Sector Support 2020 program to assist preschool services to closely align their businesses to funding objectives, and to enable sustainability over the longer term.

Based on a review of census data, the Department offered identified services the opportunity to take part.

CCSA provided tailored support and advice through:

  • individualised, one-on-one support
  • telephone and email support
  • tools and resources
  • follow up consultations.

This project provided professional development training and support on governance and compliance; including financial management. board roles and processes and leadership development.

To meet COVID restrictions, the project was delivered through video presentations, online workshops, videos and webinars.

This program provided leadership development training to managers and directors, including team building and strategies and techniques for improving communication and reducing conflict within teams.

The program consisted of face-to-face tutorials and workshops, web conferences and telephone coaching and mentoring. Participants were provided with a range of printed and online resources including checklists, templates and other tools.

The Start Strong early education funding reform package was announced by the NSW Government on 14 September 2016. 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.

CCSA and CCCC were engaged by the NSW Department of Education to design and deliver the information and training package and one-on-one support for the Start Strong Sector Support Program.

This Program provided a flexible, responsive model to support the early childhood education and care sector and services in delivering on the Governments policy priorities.

Among other outcomes, the Program supported the sector to embed policy and regulatory changes resulting from implementation of the National Quality Framework (NQF), and assist in building the skills and capability of early childhood teachers and educators to deliver quality early childhood education pedagogy and practice that meets the NQF.

This program delivered support and resources to community preschools in financial systems and processes including bookkeeping, budgeting, accounts and payroll in an Early Childhood Education and Care context.

The program consisted of face-to-face presentations and workshops, webinars, and on-line and telephone support. Participants were provided with a range on printed and online resources including checklists, calculators, templates and other tools.

CCSA was contracted by the Department of Education to support State Regulated Early Childhood Services (SRECS), also known as out-of-scope services, in transitioning to the new legislation governing Mobile Early Childhood Services and Occasional Education and Care Services.

The Children (Education and Care Services) Supplementary Provisions Regulation 2019 became law on 27th May 2019.

The Start Strong Sector Support Program replaced the Operational Support Program (OSP). The OSP supported community preschools and mobile services to more closely align their businesses to the Preschool Funding Model and to enable sustainability over the longer term.

From September 2014 to August 2015, CCSA held a series of regional training sessions and webinars on the Preschool Funding Model (PFM). This training directly related to preschool funding, ongoing sustainability and viability, service design, and planning for the future.