|In this issue...
» In praise of child care workers
» Does our child care system measure up?
» Valentines' Day – don't miss out on a date!
» Everyday Mum's - tell us your child care story
» and receive a special gift
» Mum in Profile – Kathleen de Leon Jones
» Hi-5 fame, motherhood & child care
» 'Playtime Hometime' – Helping your child
» adjust to child care – 8 books to giveaway
» Parent Guide Library – your picks this month…
» our most popular articles, checklists, links & tips
» CareforKids Social – featured posts
|» In Praise Of Child Care Workers
|Having read the New Year Honours List and seen interviews with various of the honoured Australians, including an aged care worker, it comes to mind that after the year they've had we want to give our own honour to Australian child care workers everywhere. Despite the low levels of pay, sometimes difficult working conditions, industry upheaval and huge responsibility placed on the shoulders of these men and women every day, they continue to care for our children with the utmost love and dedication for little financial reward, so we would like to give a special Australia Day Honour to each and every child care worker in the country.|
We'd be lost without you!
|» CareforKids.com.au Annual Child Care Survey
» How does the Australian Child Care System
» measure up?
| The CareforKids.com.au survey is now in its fourth year and it's really been a great way for us to find out what you really think about the Australian child care system and hear about your experiences.
The annual CareforKids.com.au survey will go out to all our members, colleagues and child care workers in the next month, but in the meantime, we'd like to know if you have any questions you think should be included in this year's survey – after all it's a national study of the child care system and your thoughts on it, so any input into the actual survey itself, not just the answers, is greatly valued.
Over 1500 parents responded in 2008. To see last year's questions, click here.
If you have any questions you'd like to pose please email: email@example.com before February 18th 2009.
|» Valentines' Day
» Don't Miss Out on your Hot Date!
| Valentines' Day is just around the corner, and given it falls just after a hectic Christmas and summer holiday period, if there was ever a time when parents deserve time out on their own as a couple or if you're not in a relationship, just on your own with your friends, then Valentines' Day is that time, so get that babysitter booked!
Go to the babysitter search now to book your sitter for Valentine's Day!
Simply by booking your Valentines' babysitter through CareforKids.com.au online babysitter booking service you go into our drawer to win your next babysitter for free!
Click here for the details and to book online!
|» Everyday Mum's in Profile
» Tell us your story and receive a special gift
| The Mum in Profile has been a great favourite of readers of the last year, and we'd like to find out more about everyday mums nationwide who juggle full or part time work (including self-employed mums as well as employed), study or just hectic lives with multiple children or other community and family responsibilities.
We'd be particularly keen to hear from those mums who found their child care on CareforKids.com.au in the last year.
Each mum we profile will receive a special gift from us… so download the questionnaire here and submit to us via email including a photo (Jpeg – less than 1mb).
|» Mum In Profile – Kathleen de Leon Jones
| As one of the original members of the world conquering children's entertainment group, Hi–5, Kathleen de Leon Jones is known by millions of children and their parents worldwide.
During her eight year tenure, Hi–5 won five ARIA Awards for Best Children's Album, three Logie Awards for Best Children's Program and a Helpmann Award.
She has often been the face of the Hi–5 merchandise and is one of the few members to have her own doll, three times over!
These days Kathleen is happy being a wife (to Daniel Jones, record producer and one half of the hugely successful duo, Savage Garden) and mum to 2½ year old Mikayla.
» Read the interview
|» 'Playtime Hometime'
» Helping your child adjust to child care…
» 8 copies to give away
| Playtime Hometime is jointly produced by Sydney mothers, Sarah Smith and Claire Gordon. Both have pre-school aged children. Sarah is a UK qualified childcare professional and Claire has a Marketing background.
This colourful book is designed to reduce separation anxiety for children aged 2 to 5 who are starting pre-school or childcare for the first time.
CareforKids.com.au has 8 copies of Playtime Hometime to give away.
» Read more
|» CareforKids Social – featured posts
| Is child care bad for my one year old
Is Family Day Care right for my child
Moving to Melbourne
Mother Guilt Pressures
Welcome to the first edition of the CareforKids.com.au newsletter for '09
Happy New Year, Australia Day and Back to "School"! We hope you survived the holidays with your sanity still intact!
So it's back to school again after a year of uncertainty in the child care sector and we hope that most of you have your children safely in child care by now, but if your child's place is still under threat, don't forget to have a look on CareforKids.com.au Vacancy Super Search for child care facilities with current vacancies.
This month we stand in awe of, thanks and praise for child care workers nationwide and ask you to contribute to the annual CareforKids.com.au child care survey which will run again in March.
We'd also like to remind you that Valentines' Day is fast approaching so don't forget to book the babysitter for your hot date with a partner or friends. You can even win a Valentines' Day babysitter in this month's competition.
And this month we talk to one of the original Hi–5 cast members, Kathleen de Leon Jones as our Mum in Profile and ask you to put yourself or a friend forward as a profile mum.
You can also win copies of Playtime Hometime, a book specially designed to help children get used to their new day in child care or pre-school…
Until next month.
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|Parent Guide Library
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Cost of Child Care
Preparing your child for school
Helping your child adjust to child care
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