In this issue...
Children & Child Care
Professor Fiona Stanley AC - Children key to the future
There is a whole lot more to the current debate about families and children in Australian society that people need to appreciate. It is more than just having a competent workforce for future prosperity and to support an increasing ageing population.
Of course, both of these are justification enough for providing the best environments we can for optimal early and continued development, health and wellbeing of children and young people. But what’s often missed in the economic debate, is the social impact on the whole community of how well we raise our children.
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Stress reduction strategies for children in care
Child care providers are well aware of the fact that the first three years of life are a critical period for children’s emotional development and well being.
New research has shown that recognising and helping children deal with stress during these early years will better prepare them for life’s hurdles later on.
Associate Professor Dr Margaret Sims, from Perth’s Edith Cowan University, has shown that good quality child care environments can actually reduce stress levels and may prevent children from developing behaviour problems in later life.
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Survey results - find out what parents think about the Australian child care system
Read the results of the 3rd Annual CareforKids.com.au® Child Care & Workforce Participation survey examining the health of Australia’s child care system.
The 2008 survey was completed by 1506 parents with pre-school age children, 75 per cent of whom currently have their children in some form of child care and 25 per cent are currently looking.
Click here for the results...
Best Practice Business
About Accreditation and the role of NCAC
The National Childcare Accreditation Council (NCAC) is funded by the Australian Government to administer Child Care Quality Assurance (CCQA) for family day care, long day care and outside school hours care services.
NCAC’s aim is to ensure that children enrolled in child care are provided with stimulating and positive experiences which nurture all aspects of their development.
The CCQA process encourages child care professionals, families and children (where appropriate) to work together to improve a service’s child care practices which meet recommended quality standards.
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Child Care People
Interview with SDN Riverwood Manager
The child care sector is characterised by people dedicated to creating exciting, nurturing and innovative learning environments for Australia’s youngest learners.
Every month this section of our newsletter will profile some of Australia’s most dynamic child care professionals.
If you or someone you know deserves to be featured in this section drop us a line to email@example.com
Manager of the SDN Riverwood Child and Family Learning Centre, Nicole Tytherleigh, believes public perceptions of early childhood education and early childhood educators need to change to ensure the child care sector can attract the brightest talent to perform this vital role in society.
Read the interview...
As part of our ongoing commitment to the Australian child care sector we're proud to welcome you to the first edition of CareforKids.com.au Child Care News.
The child care sector is characterised by people like you, people dedicated to creating dynamic and nurturing learning environments for Australia’s youngest minds.
Our fresh new publication aims to support and inform you in your working life by ensuring you receive relevant industry news and information delivered straight to your inbox every month.
Our child care toolbox is divided into three sections so you can easily locate the information you need: Children and Child Care, Best Practice Business and Child Care People.
This month’s Best Practice Business section includes an article from the National Child Care Accreditation Council on accreditation and the child care quality assurance process: required reading for everyone working in the child care sector.
In Child Care People we meet the Manager of SDN Riverwood Child and Family Learning Centre, Nicole Tytherleigh, a child care professional with an acute appreciation of the importance of early childhood learning for future development.
Professor Fiona Stanley AC, Executive Director of the Australian Research Alliance for Children and Youth and 2003 Australian of the Year has contributed an article on children key to the future for our section on Children and Child Care.
Remember, the whole purpose of this newsletter is to support and inform you in your working life, so please feel free to contact us with any ideas or suggestions you may have for future issues.
Once again a warm welcome and I sincerely hope you enjoy our inaugural edition.
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