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General Information On Childcare

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How do Australian parents choose child care?

Researching and choosing the best child care for your child and family.

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What types of child care are there?

An overview of the different child care services available to families, including centre based care and in-home care options, and how families can access them.

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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.

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What is the best age to start child care?

Information for parents trying to determine the best time to put their child in a child care service for the first time including personality factors to consider.

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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.

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The benefits of formal care

Research shows childrn in high quality centre-based child care may develop better social skills and behaviour than those who don't.

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How to manage issues with your child care service

Stress free strategies for quickly and effectively managing issues with your child care service using openness, positive communication and a problem solving approach.

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What to do when you can't find child care?

Creative child care options and alternatives for people who haven’t been able to secure their preferred type of child care service and need to return to work.

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What is high-quality child care?

A definition of high quality early childhood education and care based on the experience of researchers, early childhood providers, parents and experts.

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Child care for people who work non-standard hours

Child care strategies for shift workers and people who work non-standard or extended hours who can’t source child care services in the usual places.

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What is occasional care?

An overview of occasional care including what it is, how to find it, what your child will do there, who uses it and why and how much it costs.

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The great waiting game

Winning the waiting list war: An overview of waitlists and how to maximise the chances of securing a spot in your preferred service.

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Successfully using grandparents for child care

Tips and tricks for using grandparents in your child care arrangements, including payment, checking in, rules and guidelines and more.

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The great child care commute

Commuting to and from child care.

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Creches for your child

Everything you need to know about crèche services including what they do, who they are for, where you can find them and how much they cost.

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How to reconnect with your child after care

Going to child care is a big event in your little one’s life, and although there's fun to be had and lots to learn, those hours at care can take their toll when pick-up rolls around.

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The major Australian political parties' policies for childcare

With the cost of living rising, and after a challenging year for the childcare industry, the major political parties are re-evaluating the way childcare looks for Australian families.

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How Batman and Dora inspire perseverance

The ‘Batman Effect’ and how early educators can use it to motivate and inspire young children to work harder.

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Australia’s child care hot spots revealed

Australia’s Child Care Hot Spots Revealed - July to September 2021.

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5 signs of a happy early learning centre

5 things you’ll see in a happy child care service and why this is important.

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Choosing high quality child care for your infant

Factors to consider when choosing child care for your very young baby and interesting research to show that it isn’t necessarily who provides the care that makes the difference but the quality of care provided.

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How to choose the best child care centre

Five top tips from the experts at Guardian Education and Kids & Co clinical psychology on how to identify and choose the best early education setting for your child and what factors are most important.

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How to choose appropriate clothing for child care

Five key factors to keep in mind when choosing your child’s clothes for a day in their child care service, to ensure they can play and learn and are safe from the elements.

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What to look for in an outside school hours care service

With a shortage of outside school hours care services in some areas, learn how to choose the best outside school hours care for your child and family.

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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.

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How to plan child care in times of uncertainty

Learn why it is important to have a back up plan in case your usual child calls through and how to develop a range of contingencies to suit different circumstances.

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Expert advice to help your child transition to school

Dr Kate Highfield from Early Childhood Australia, explains how parents can support preschoolers to transition to big school despite absences and disruption caused by COVID-19.

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How to optimise video calls between grandparents and under fives

Strategies for hosting a successful video chat with grandparents and staying connected for families who have been separated by COVID-19.

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Celebrating Early Childhood Educators’ Day

On Early Childhood Educators’ Day this article offers 9 simple and heartfelt ways to show your child’s hard working educator your appreciation for all their hard work.

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What is the Curiosity Approach?

Learn about the Curiosity Approach a relatively new early education pedagogy which aims to foster children’s awe and wonder through beautiful environments and simple non-prescriptive play equipment.

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Planning for child care while pregnant

Pregnancy is the perfect time to start thinking and planning your child care strategy. This article looks at what you can do in advance, how to access government payments and how to choose a child care provider.

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The rise of artificial intelligence in child care

Artificial intelligence is making great inroads in the early childhood education space read about some of the apps and technologies changing the face of parenting.

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VIC child care open during lock down

VIC child care open during lock down.

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Immunity boosters for kids in care

Early childhood education centres can be a breeding ground for germs. Learn how to keep boost your child’s natural immunity and keep them well over the winter months.

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Hello virtual babysitting!

Virtual babysitters offer child minding services via the internet, while the parents are close at hand. This article considers which children benefit and how it can support parents.

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The emergence of virtual playgroup

Learn how lockdown and social distancing has caused a large number of virtual playgroups to spring up across the country.

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How to reduce separation anxiety for children in care

Separation anxiety is a normal developmental phase which can be distressing for children and their parents. This article describes strategies parents can employ to ease anxiety and help their child settle into care.

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Amazing child care services doing amazing things

Amazing child care services doing amazing things.

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The benefits of mixed-age grouping at child care

Learn about mixed age groupings, which offer children in early learning services the opportunity to interact freely with children of different ages.

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Playgroups + National Playgroup Week 2020

Playgroups come in a wide variety of shapes and sizes and are located all over Australia. This article looks at the groups on offer, how to access them and what they offer.

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9 gorgeous books about starting child care

9 lovely books about transitioning into child care or preschool after a life based at home.

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8 gift ideas for your amazing early childhood educator

8 gift ideas for your amazing early childhood educator.

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Your end of year child care checklist

Your end of year child care checklist.

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Is your child ready to start school?

Is your child ready to start school?

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Alternative solutions to outside school hours care

Alternative solutions to outside school hours care.

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How to spot an excellent early childhood education and care service

How to spot an excellent early childhood education and care service.

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The Child Care Guide download your free copy

The Child Care Guide download your free copy.

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What outcomes should parents expect from early childhood education and care?

What outcomes should parents expect from early childhood education and care?

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Drop off and pick up solutions for parents working non-standard hours

Drop off and pick up solutions for parents working non-standard hours.

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Why is it important for educators to nurture children's creativity?

Why is it important for educators to nurture children's creativity?

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11 products parents should avoid

11 products CHOICE recommends you don't buy for your child.

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BubDesk the innovative way to combine work and child care

BubDesk the innovative way to combine work and child care.

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18 ways to co-parent after a separation

18 ways to co-parent after a separation.

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High quality early childhood education may lead to tertiary success

Research shows children who attend a high quality early childhood program may be more likely to receive a tertiary qualification in later life.

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The Government Register that's keeping child care services honest

Early childhood services are responsible for the care of young children and are recipients of Government funding, so it's only fair that they're accountable.

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The rise of the Australian Mumpreneur

Online business network, Mums & Co , says there are more than 300,000 business owner mothers in this country, with that figure set to rise.

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End of Year - Child Care Checklist

A few key things you need to do before you pack up for the silly season.

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Frequently asked questions about child care

CareforKids.com.au has been a hub of information and resources for Australian parents looking for child care for close to 15 years.

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Useful links

Child care related websites from government, parent organisations and peak bodies which families may find useful when researching and choosing care.