Health, Wellbeing & Nutrition

120 Articles
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Keeping your child healthy in child care

Child care services and illness go hand-in-hand, this article offers pointers to help parents keep their child healthy and prevent the spread of germs.

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Successfully dealing with a child who bites

Biting is common among children in child care, this article explains the reasons why children bite and suggests some techniques to try and stop a child from biting.

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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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Child care and vaccination

With No Jab No Play in effect across Australia it’s important to understand your obligations when it comes to vaccinating children in early childhood services.

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Child care and head lice

Head lice and nits are common in child care services, this article outlines tried and tested methods for treating and preventing nits and lice.

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Sick days & emergency child care

What to do with your sick child when you have to go to work including emergency and back up care options.

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Dealing with severe allergies (anaphylaxis) in child care

Child care for kids with anaphylaxis: How to keep your anaphylactic child safe in child care and how early childhood providers deal with severe allergies.

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Nutrition and children in child care

Nutrition is an important factor when choosing an early childhood service, this article offers suggestions on what to look out for.

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How to build resilience in your child

Supporting your child's resilience and their ability to cope when things go wrong and to overcome unexpected challenges in their life.

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Stress reduction strategies for children in care

Stress reduction and relaxation strategies for families and educators to try when children seem to be overwhelmed and or stressed in a child care setting.

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Children's health in child care tool kit

A comprehensive resource to help parents keep their children healthy while they are in child care; covers hygiene, nutrition, bites, bullying, nits and more.

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Online health records for your children

An overview of online health records including how they can help parents manage their child’s development, progress and wellbeing.

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Bullying in child care

An overview of bullying in child care settings; includes the types of bullying, what to do about it and how to develop an age-appropriate anti-bullying policy.

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Protecting your child’s skin in child care

A parent guide to reduce the risk of children developing skin cancer in later life, which suggests simple sun smart measures which can be practiced at home and in care.

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Strategies for easing separation anxiety

How to deal with separation anxiety including tips and tricks to help parents and children cope on the first day of child care and in the longer term.

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How remote learning has affected Australian children

Home-schooling has impacted children in a variety of ways, in this interview Dr Anthea Rhodes from Royal Children’s Hospital describes findings from their recent poll.

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Breastfeeding and safely drinking alcohol

ABA advice for women who want to have a drink while breastfeeding.

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The benefits of bare feet

5 reasons to ditch the shoes and go bare feet this summer.

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How early learning centres prevent container baby syndrome

All about container baby syndrome and how to keep your infant safe and well.

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The importance of self-care for mums

Simple and effective self-care reminders from life coach/mum Tanya Maree Biddle.

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7 ways to encourage your child to eat more vegetables

Struggling to get your child to eat their greens? We’ve got 7 suggestions which may help.

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Building resilience and supporting mental health in early learning

In this interview with Judy Kynaston, the general manager of Be You, the national mental health in education initiative, learn what resources are available to support parents and families during stressful times.

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How to encourage very young babies to reach and learn

While babies are born with a grasp reflex, this quickly fades. In this interview with Professor Priscilla Ferronato from Brazil’s Paulista University, learn how parents can support development by encouraging babies to reach for objects.

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A creative way to remove your child’s dummy

Children's author Leisa Papa, explains how Daniel and the Dummy Fairy could help you and your child banish the dummy forever.

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Helpful information about breastfeeding, work and child care

How breastfeeding mums can continue to breastfeed while using child care and working and what supports and legal guarantees are in place to enable this.

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Support for families in lockdown

Support for families in under stay-at-home orders due to COVID-19.

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Research into mother-child pretend play and the impact of mental health

Research has found that mums with lower anxiety levels engage in more pretend play and how this benefits children.

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What are progressive mealtimes?

The developmental benefits of progressive mealtimes in early childhood services, which is when children are permitted to eat when they feel hungry.

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Brain food for toddlers

13 nutrients that are essential for the health and wellbeing of children along with sources and recommended serving sizes.

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Teaching first aid skills to children

Advice from St John Ambulance Queensland on how parents can empower children to take an active role in providing first aid and how to behave in an emergency.

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The best way to banish head lice

Head lice and nits are a common complaint among the parents of children in care. In this article learn tried and tested strategies for banishing these pesky critters once and for all….until next time that is!

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Does a positive childhood protect kids from mental illness?

Research shows a happy childhood doesn’t necessarily safeguard children against mental health problems later on. Learn how to scaffold your child’s mental wellbeing.

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Nutrition advice for parents-to-be and breastfeeding mums

Accredited Practising Dietitian at Nutrition Australia ACT Leanne Elliston, explains the importance of maintaining a healthy diet during pregnancy and beyond and what nutrients are key.

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How to safeguard your child’s wellbeing during the pandemic

Research by Camp Australia examined the impact of COVID-19 lockdowns on children’s health and wellbeing.

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How child care centres are managing a spike in gastro outbreaks

How child care centres work to prevent and manage gastro and how parents can support this at home.

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A new program to increase physical activity at child care

Researcher Professor Hayley Christian from the Telethon Kids Institute discusses the new Play Active Program, an evidence based approach to boosting activity levels for kids in care.

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Expert tips to help parents stay calm and connected

Psychologist and author of Smart Mothering Dr Natalie Flynn explains how to stay calm and connected as we raise our children, nourish our relationships and look after ourselves.

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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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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.

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The benefits of physical literacy in the child care setting

New Australian research demonstrates how a structured physical literacy curriculum in child care centres can improve children’s physical, psychological, social and cognitive abilities.

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How ‘Elimination Communication’ can reduce nappy use

Elimination communication a toilet training strategy which removes/reduces the need for nappies and relies on parents reading their baby’s toileting cues.

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The importance of good routines at home and in child care

Children thrive in consistent, predictable environments and with strong routines. This article explains how to streamline routines across home and child care.

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The power of praise

Learn how the power of praise can be used to enhance your child’s development and learning in the preschool years and how to incorporate praise and acknowledgement into your daily routine.

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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.

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Helping kids deal with grief in early childhood

Children experience grief as acutely as adults but it manifests in different ways. This article explains how parents and caregivers can support children through grief and lists resources available to provide information and advice.

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The top 10 illnesses that keep kids home from child care

The top ten illnesses that keep children from attending child care and why exclusion policies are so important.

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Burns prevention for young children

Strategies for keeping young children safe around fire and heat sources over the cooler months of winter. Including references and resources for future reading.

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Mental wellbeing tips from the Black Dog Institute

Mental wellbeing tips from the Black Dog Institute.

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How the Kitchen Garden Foundation is helping under-fives to thrive

An interview with Josephene Duffy chief executive of the Stephanie Alexander Kitchen Garden Foundation, which is making great strides with it's program for early childhood educators and children under five.

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News flash! It is possible to prevent the ‘terrible twos’

New research has shown that the terrible twos may not be an inevitable development stage that all children go through and that parenting style can influence toddler behaviour.

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The role of oral language in raising happy kids

Speech pathologists Janice Zee and Tania Kelly offer insights on the importance of oral language in supporting the wellbeing of children and tips for boosting language development in preschoolers.

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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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How has nanny care been impacted by COVID-19?

How was nanny care been impacted by COVID-19?

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5 ways to help your child cope with stress

5 ways to help your child cope with stress.

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Researchers one step closer to eliminating children’s ear infections

Australian researchers are one step close to eradicating ear infections in young children by identifying the main bacteria responsible for recurrent ear infections.

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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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How to get on the same wavelength as your infant

Research has shown that the brain waves of babies and their parents synch up during play time helping to establish bonds between children and their care givers.

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How parents can support young children’s risky play

Learn about the different categories of risky play and what they offer preschoolers. Also ideas for increasing your child’s opportunities for risky play.

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How to manage food allergies when your child is in care

Find out how early learning services work to protect allergic children while they are in care and how ongoing communication is the most effective tool for parents concerned about their allergic child.

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The need for more diverse books in child care

Research shows early learning centres often lack books with diverse central characters, learn how this impacts children from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds.

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COVID-19: Keep your kids enrolled in care

COVID-19: Keep your kids enrolled in care.

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Payment of Child Care Subsidy and COVID-19

Payment of Child Care Subsidy and COVID-19.

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How are child care services responding to COVID-19?

With early childhood services and schools open, this article explains the measures in place to protect children and staff from COVID 19 and what parents can do to keep children safe and healthy.

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COVID-19 information for parents

COVID-19 Information for Parents.

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Hand, foot and mouth disease & how it affects youngsters

Learn the signs of hand, foot and mouth disease, one of the most common viral infections for children in early childhood. While there is no cure, there is plenty you can do to alleviate the symptoms.

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Novel coronavirus – Information for parents

Reports about the spread of COVID-19 are impossible to ignore and a potential cause of anxiety for many parents and carers with children in schools and early learning centres.

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Is there too much sugar in baby food?

WHO Europe calls for a ban on added sugars in foods for children under the age of 36 months.

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Is dried fruit a healthy snack?

Rethinking dried fruit as a snack option for young children.

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The age old problem of nappy rash

How to identify and treat nappy rash.

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How child care centres prevent the spread of gastro

How early learning services prevent gastroenteritis and contain outbreaks amongst children and staff.

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How to keep baby teeth healthy

Ideas to help you look after your child's baby teeth and empower them to do the same.

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How to support your child's friendships in the early years

Supporting your preschoolers child care friendships outside child care.

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What you need to know about measles

What you need to know about measles and how to protect your child and family.

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Food for thought - Obesity rates amongst young children

Reducing sugar intake among preschool-aged children to curb childhood obesity.

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5 ways to boost your child's immunity while in care

Immunity boosting ideas for children in group care.

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How to assemble a healthy lunch box

Good food is essential for the healthy growth and development of young children, learn how to pack a perfect lunch box.

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How child care services protect children from the sun

Learn how your child is protected from the sun in their early learning service and how you can help.

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Keeping kids safe in care

Learn how educators work to keep your child safe in care and what to do if there is an issue.

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Supporting children to thrive in care

How to support your child to grow and develop in the child care environment.

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The strong bond between children and comfort objects

How comfort objects support babies and children as they rest, play and grow.

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Delicious recipes for a gluten-free kids' party

Catering ideas for a gluten-free children's menu.

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An expert's guide to fitness for young children

Physical activity is important at all ages, and when it comes to infants and young children, it is essential for the development of both body and brain.

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How to choose the right shoes

The importance of properly fitting shoes for youngsters, especially school shoes.

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Family dinners with the feel-good factor

Family dinners with the feel-good factor.

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Why is play so beneficial for young children?

Why is play so beneficial for young children?

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6 tips for a healthier Halloween

6 tips for a healthier Halloween.

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The latest research into infant colic

The latest research into infant colic.

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Considering the mental health of babies and young children

Considering the mental health of babies and young children.

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What are the sleep needs of young children?

What are the sleep needs of young children?

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13 ways to make mealtimes easier after child care

13 ways to make mealtimes easier after child care.

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Is gun play a good or bad thing for children?

Is gun play a good or bad thing for children?

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The truth about why children lie

The truth about why children lie.

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Research shows the benefits of early solids

Research shows the benefits of early solids.

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Immunisation requirements under the new Child Care Package

Immunisation requirements under the new Child Care Package.

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How to help your child find their voice

How to help your child find their voice.

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The long-term effects of antibiotic use in early childhood

The long-term effects of antibiotic use in early childhood.

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How to reduce separation anxiety for children in care

How to reduce separation anxiety for children in care.

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The benefits of breastfeeding for mums and bubs

The benefits of breastfeeding for mums and bubs.

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The value of friendships in child care and beyond

The value of friendships in child care and beyond.

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What to do if your child is afraid of the dark

What to do if your child is afraid of the dark.

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Exciting new research around childhood leukaemia

Exciting new research around childhood leukaemia.

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How to choose an educational app for your child

How to choose an educational app for your child.

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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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How can parents support their baby's mental health?

How can parents support their baby's mental health?

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18 ways to co-parent after a separation

18 ways to co-parent after a separation.

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How to ease your child's eczema

Learn about childhood eczema, the third most common reason for kids to see a paediatrician.

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10 fun fruit snacks for children

10 fun fruit snacks for children that look beautiful and are packed with flavour.

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What to do if your child gets bitten in child care

What to do if your child is bitten while in their early education service.

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How to raise a body-positive preschooler

By the time they start school, children's bodies have learned to run, jump, swim, dance, scoot, and more; so, it's startling to hear that kids as young as five say they don't like their bodies.

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Stamping out bullying in early childhood services

Bullying can occur among younger kids, and whether they're in child care or at preschool, bullying has a big impact on a child’s physical, social and emotional well-being.

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How your baby is sleeping safe in child care

Red Nose safe sleeping practices have been adopted in child care centres across the nation to prevent Sudden Infant Death Syndrome.

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How to make lunch easy for kids to enjoy

Making lunchtime easy and empowering for early primary school children.

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Why it's important to think about your child's mental health

Most parents can spot a gunky eye or a grazed knee from a mile off, but when it comes to a youngster's mental health, it seems that many mums and dads are in the dark.

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New study highlights the cost of childhood obesity

New research has highlighted the spiralling cost of childhood obesity.

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Identifying anxiety in young children

Supporting children to deal with anxiety and better manage their big feelings at every age and stage.

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Is it really ADHD or just immaturity?

Is it really ADHD or just immaturity?

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Filling your emotional cup: The case for educator self-care

Self care strategies for early childhood educators, in the face of a never ending list of tasks and responsibilities.

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Lovely lunches and how to make them

Lunch box inspiration for the parents of children who have transitioned from child care, where meals were provided.

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Identifying anxiety in young children

Supporting children's resilience and helping them be brave in the face of new experiences.

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Child care centres and car exhaust - A dangerous mix

Evidence shows a higher risk of asthma and allergies among children may be linked with exposure to traffic-related air pollution.