About the CLA

The Childcare Leadership Alliance (CLA) was founded in 2022 to address the childcare challenges unique to regional communities, commencing with a pilot of strategies in Moranbah and Dysart in central Queensland.

There is a shortfall of places in local childcare centres to meet the needs of the community, and there simply aren’t enough educators and teachers. This means centres are unable to operate at full capacity, and it’s having a flow-on effect to working families. Without care, parents’ ability to fully participate in the workforce is limited (which predominantly impacts women); and there’s an impact on business productivity for their employers.

The CLA intends to implement strategic solutions that address:

  • The attraction, retention and professional development of early learning educators
  • Community and Government advocacy work to promote the critical importance of high quality early childhood education and care in regional communities
  • Ultimately improving access for regional children to high-quality early education and care to set them up for school and life.

The CLA is supported by BHP Mitsubishi Alliance (BMA), the largest employer in the region, with a volunteer Board comprising representatives from the Isaac Regional Council, local business, the early learning sector, and BMA. If successful, it is hoped these initiatives will be scalable to other regional communities throughout Australia.

Contact us

Contact the CLA Communications team via 1300 928 228, or click here to email.

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