The latest news, views & reviews for Australia's child care industry April 23, 2013
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This week Greens Child Care spokesperson Sarah Hanson Young shares the Greens' vision for the Australian ECEC sector.

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Senator Sarah Hanson-Young
Spokesperson for the Greens on Early Childhood Education and Care

Given the increasing profile of child care in politics and the media and the fact that it is going through a period of rapid change, it has rightly become an important election issue.

This week Senator Sarah Hanson-Young, the Greens spokesperson on Early Childhood Education and Care, shares her views on Australia's ECEC sector exclusively with

Read Ms Hanson-Young's opinions and then have your say by leaving your comments at the end of her editorial.

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Positively guiding children's behaviour

Positively guiding children's behaviourChildren need adults to teach, guide, and support them as they grow and learn. Child care providers play an important role in guiding children's behaviour in positive, supportive, and age-appropriate ways. The most appropriate ways to guide behaviour vary according to the age and stage of children and dependant on their developmental abilities and needs.

For example, two year-olds may need a lot of redirection, but five-year olds can be great problem solvers. Effective guidance strategies also depend on an individual child's personality and strategies that work well for one child may not be effective for another child of the same age.

Strategies for Guiding Children's Behaviour in Child Care Settings
Here are some basic tips child care providers can use to guide children's behaviour:

Keep rules simple and easy to understand.
Discuss rules with children and consider their suggestions. Write the service rules down, keep them simple and consistent and refer to them often. A few rules that work well with children include.

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