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  Child Care Articles & Tips

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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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What’s in your bin? Download our waste audit packs for child care centres here

These helpful packs can help you identify potential gaps in your centre's sustainability plans.

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Go green at home with these 6 fun printable activities for children

Our Little Monsters share 6 ways for children to support a greener future.

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Brain Teasers for Kids

Your child needs to exercise their mind, as well as their body, and brain-teasers are a great way to get those little grey cells moving.

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8 Perfect Card Games for Preschoolers

Once your preschooler gets the hang of a card game, they might not want to stop!

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8 Awesome Educational Apps for Kids

There are squillions of educational apps to choose from, and to help you find quality amidst the quantity, we’ve done some research.

  Latest News

Are you a working parent? Here’s why you should consider family day care for your child

HerCanberra - Jil Hogan - July 29, 2021

How school drop-off could soon look different

Herald Sun - Kieran Rooney - July 29, 2021

Childcare at 2045 per cent not a worry as COVID upends inflation

The Sydney Morning Herald - Shane Wright - July 28, 2021

National recognition for South Hurstville Kindergarten

St George & Sutherland Shire Leader - Jim Gainsford - July 28, 2021