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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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Encouraging Good Hygiene Practice in Childcare

Hygiene practices to follow to keep everyone healthy, and promote hygienic behaviours.

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Activities for Babies at Home: 0-6 Months

Activities that will keep your baby happy & healthy at home.

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The Benefits of Dance in Early Childhood

Understand the benefits of dance in early childhood and why they're endless.

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Grandparents Providing Childcare - Should You be Paying?

Showing appreciation and/or paying grandparents for providing childcare.

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Staying Healthy in Child Care & Promoting Healthy Eating

Tips & tricks to promoting healthy eating in child care.

  Latest News

Inside Australia's swankiest childcare centre - where toddlers dine on chef-prepared poke bowls, play on luxury timber climbing frames and enjoy soothing water features

Daily Mail Australia - Alice Murphy - April 16, 2021

‘Love of a job can only go so far’: Why it’s time to fairly remunerate early childhood educators for the critical work they do

Women's Agenda - Frances Crimmins - April 15, 2021

The sustainability of Neighbourhood House children drives community engagement

The Sector - Freya Lucas - April 15, 2021

St Leonards: HEI Schools plans Finland-style childcare centre in Sydney

The Daily Telegraph - David Barwell - April 15, 2021