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Which child care is best?

Once you understand the different types of child care available, you need to decide which option is best for you and your family.

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Helping your child adjust to child care

Many children experience anxiety when starting in care and there is plenty you can do to make the new arrangements less stressful.

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Managing feelings of mother guilt

Feeling guilty when you put your child into care is normal and signals the emotional attachment and responsibility you feel for your child.

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Returning to Work - Things to Consider

Returning to work after a baby is a big step. To make the transition successful you'll need to take some time to ease everyone into the new arrangement.

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Research into child care use during COVID-19

New research by the Australian Institute of Family Studies (AIFS) has found that COVID-19 ‘had minimal impact’ on the way mums and dads shared child care responsibilities during the May/June lockdown.

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Mental health support for educators and children

COVID-19 has put early childhood educators under a lot of emotional and financial strain this year. There has been uncertainty around attendance, intense responsibilities around health and hygiene, and a rise in the level of support that many families need in these worrisome times.

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How do educators teach under-fives to be kind?

Kindness makes people feel good and do good, and in the early learning environment, kindness is something that’s practised by children and actively promoted by educators.

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What is the preschool exemption to the Child Care Subsidy activity test?

Some families receive up to 100 hours of subsidised care each fortnight, based on their activity level, but if your family is eligible for zero or 24 hours, then the ‘preschool exemption’ may be music to your ears.

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Key ways to support your child’s mental health

Good mental health is a powerful force in our children’s lives. It enables youngsters to think, feel, act and interact in positive ways, and this kind of upbeat, resilient headspace has benefits both in the moment, and over the long-term.

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Interesting research around school readiness

A child's thinking and language skills, emotional maturity and physical health are all used to determine their preparedness for big school, but new research suggests that these individual capacities shouldn’t be the only focus.

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How to Teach Kids to Tie Their Shoes

When your child is able to cut paper and manage little buttons, they’re probably ready for a lesson in Shoe Lace Tying 101.

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Easy Dessert Recipes for Kids

Cakes, biscuits, slices and frozen treats get little tastebuds buzzing, and in moderation, dessert recipes for kids aren’t all bad.

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How to Teach Kids Stranger Danger

How to teach kids stranger danger and arm them against known and unknown threats.

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Renewable Energy for Kids

Sun, wind, earth and water can all generate clean energy, here’s how you explain different types of renewable energy to curious kids.

  Latest News

How Melbourne schools will stage staggered return

Herald Sun - Suzan Delibasic and Susie O'Brien - September 20, 2021

The heavy mental load of decision-making when it comes to kids and COVID

ABC News - Brittany McGill - September 19, 2021

COVID-19 hasn't changed much for outback school kids, but there's one thing they're missing dearly

ABC News - Jonathan Poulson - September 19, 2021

85 Australian childcare centres go broke as parents keep kids at home and still pay for placements

Herald Sun - Natasha Bita - September 18, 2021