September 2010  

Attracting More Men to Child Care
How to… and why you should

Men in Childcare It's a well known fact: the vast majority of people working in child care are females. Figures from the ABS show that at least 95 per cent of the working population of child care workers are female.

Attracting men to the industry is difficult and complicated: there are issues surrounding parental suspicion of men and the idea that child care is 'women's work', the low pay and status of child care workers have also been identified as a deterrent.

However, for an industry facing severe staff shortages and high demand it seems unsustainable to only source employees from 50 per cent of the population.

For men to be successfully integrated into the child care workforce the industry needs to recognise the unique skills that men bring to child care work and not expect men to provide care in exactly the same way as their female counterparts.

One child care centre in NSW defies all the statistics and currently has five (5) male child care workers in a team of 16. We spoke to this group of dedicated young men to find out what attracted them to child care and why they stick with it, despite the odds.

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Reporting Absences for CCB
Update from the CCMS Helpdesk

Reporting Absences for CCMS With the start of the new financial year in July, the absence count for all children has been reset to zero, so this is a good time to remind you about the treatment of absences for Child Care Benefit (CCB) purposes.

Child care services usually charge fees for booked sessions of care, whether or not the child attends the session. CCB can also be paid for a reasonable number of absences.

There are some basic requirements that always apply to absences. CCB is only paid if the absence is on a day:
  • the child would normally attend care, and
  • you have charged a fee, and
  • the service is operating and care is available if required (apart from public holidays).
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Kate Jamieson
Centre Manager Lyndhurst Early Learning Centre
Clayfield Brisbane QLD

Kate Jamieson - Lyndhurst ELC Child care professionals share a commitment to improving society by creating dynamic and nurturing care environments for Australia's youngest learners.

Read this month's Child Care People in the spotlight Kate Jamieson the Centre Manager at Lyndhurst Early Learning Centre Clayfield Brisbane QLD.

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Going Green
How to set up a garden in your service

Going Green It's never too early to introduce children to the joy of gardening and child care centres are an excellent place to plant those early seeds of interest.

According to US website gardening programs in child care centres and preschools are beneficial because:

  • children are active and engaged

  • gardening builds on prior learning and experiences with their environment

  • the garden provides opportunities for children to develop a relationship with nature

  • gardening projects are flexible and can be as small as a container garden in a window or as large as a schoolyard habitat

  • gardening lessons emphasise direct experience and sensory learning and provide opportunities for children to both ask and answer questions.

  • In addition gardens teach young children about environmental responsibility, team work, healthy eating, patience and responsibility while at the same time boosting physical activity and beautifying the centre's environment.

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    Good News
    For working parents & the child care industry

    Good news for working parents & the child care industry In good news for the child care industry, a landmark study from the US has shown that children raised by working parents don't necessarily suffer developmental setbacks.

    The overall conclusion of the report was that the effect of women returning to work within a year of having a baby is developmentally neutral.

    The study was conducted by the National Institute of Child Health and followed more than 1000 children from 10 different areas tracking their development and family characteristics.

    Babies with mothers in full time employment scored lower on cognitive tests until they entered primary school, however on the plus side working mums had higher income and were more likely to seek high quality child care. They also displayed greater "maternal sensitivity," or responsiveness toward their children, than stay-at-home mothers and these positives cancelled out the negatives.

    The study also showed that part time employment in the first year and full time employment beyond the first year had no effect on a child's development.

    More details are available from The National Center for Children and Families, Columbia University, NY.

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    The child care sector is going through a period of rapid change right now and sometimes it feels as though there is a new Government announcement every other day.

    Staying on top of industry news should be a priority for child care professionals during this time of change, however, the reality is no one has enough time to sift through all papers and read the relevant bits.

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    Roxanne Elliott

    Hello and welcome to the September edition of Child Care News.

    What an interesting result to the election! We were hoping to provide you with a summary of the results, however given the negotiations currently underway there could be significant changes to early childhood policies outlined in the pre-election manifestos. Look out for an article next month.

    Finding and retaining staff is a perennial issue for child care centre operators. In Australia less than four percent of child care workers are male and it seems as though the child care industry would be well advised to look at ways to attract more men to the sector to tap into this potentially rich source of employees.

    Top Ryde Early Learning in NSW has done just this and currently 25 per cent of the carers there are male. Meet the guys and the centre director this month.

    We have an update on reporting absences in the CCMS and also some results about a huge new study in the US which examined the effects on babies of having a mother in full time employment.

    This month's child care worker in the spotlight is Kate Jamieson Centre Manager of the Lyndhurst Early Learning Centre in Queensland. Kate firmly believes that staff are the key to running an effective child care service and her proactive approach has helped her build a strong team with an amazingly diverse skills base.

    Have you been thinking about setting up a garden at your service? Find out how to do it in this month's issue.

    Have a great month and remember to drop me a line if you know someone who deserves to be profiled or if you have any story ideas.

    All this and lots more, so keep reading!

    Roxanne Elliott®

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