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Child Care Articles & Tips

Which child care is best?

An overview of the advantages and disadvantages of the different types of child care available in Australia and what they offer children and families.


Helping your child adjust to child care

Tried and tested strategies for ensuring children make a successful transition to child care, what to expect and how to ease the adjustment process.


Managing feelings of mother guilt

Mother guilt is common among parents leaving their children in care for the first time; this article outlines what to expect and a range of coping strategies.


Returning to work - Things to consider

How to plan and execute a successful return to work after a period of parental leave including what to expect, how to prepare, child care, work life balance and more.


Research into child care use during COVID-19

The Australian Institute of Family Studies Life During COVID-19 report looks at the way Australian parents adapted to life and child care under the lockdown conditions caused by COVID-19.


Mental health support for educators and children

COVID-19 has taken a toll on the mental health of parents, educators and children. This article describes the range of evidence based support available to support families and early childhood educators.


How do educators teach under-fives to be kind?

How educators can support children to learn how to be kind and respectful to one another.


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

The Child Care Subsidy activity test exemption and how it applies to parents of children in the year before they start primary school.


Key ways to support your child’s mental health

How parents can take steps to supporting their child’s mental health and emotional wellbeing to build resilience in the early years and beyond.


Interesting research around school readiness

Research from the Telethon Institute explains why school readiness should also consider a child’s home and family life and the community they grow up in to determine whether they might need support later in life.


Working with Children Checks for Child Care

Child care workers must be cleared before they can launch into looking after kids, and every state and territory has its own laws in place.


Spelling for Kids - Teaching Kids to Spell

At home, you can create a spelling bee buzz with fun activities and ready-made resources, so let’s take a quick lesson in spelling for kids.


Risk & Potential Hazard Identification Checklist for Child Care

There are clear policies and procedures around hazards and potential harm, and regular Work Health and Safety inspections also ensure risks


Child Care Centre Building Code, Regulations & Requirements

Whether your child care centre is a new build or an old favourite, it needs to have structural integrity.


Things to do in Brisbane with Kids

There’s never a dull day in the Sunshine State, and Queensland’s capital city is full of bright ideas for families.


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In the News

Premier pushes for NSW to take control of early childhood education

The Sydney Morning Herald - Lucy Cormack - December 7, 2021


Primary and secondary teachers with Cert III to count as ECTs, ACECQA says

The Sector - Freya Lucas - December 7, 2021


Every child in NSW to access preschool thanks to $840 million funding deal

The Australian - Duncan Murray - December 6, 2021


NSW Preschool Reform Agreement

NSW Government - Joint media release by the Hon. Stuart Robert MP and the Hon. Sarah Mitchell MLC - December 6, 2021


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