Child Care Industry News August 12, 2014 -®
Child Care Industry News
August 12, 2014
Welcome this week we want to know what you do when parents ask you if they should hold their kid back form school and learn how to improve children's self care skills.
What do you say
when a parent asks you if they should hold their child back
Parents often rely on early childhood education and care providers to offer expert advice and guidance on issues around physically raising children, developmental milestones and social issues. The assumption being that ECECs are around children so much that they have probably 'seen it all'.

One question that parents regularly raise with providers is whether they should hold their eligible school aged child back for another year of care or preschool. In Australia there is no consistency in terms of when kids start school and each state has its own minimum age and date cut-offs.

The lack of centralised guidance (consider for example NZ where all kids start school at age five, no matter when that falls in the academic year) means that parents with a child born in the few months leading up to the cut-off have to decide whether or not to send their child off or hold them back for another year.

Many parents think the additional year will give their child an advantage: more time to develop physically and to learn the skills required for success at school, such as sitting for sustained periods, self care as well as a head start in early literacy and numeracy.
new + improved
Self care

helping children help themselves

All early childhood education and care providers have come across the determined two year old who wants to do everything on their own. This almost defiant independence is a natural and healthy part of a child's development and is how they learn to do the many tasks required of them in later life.

Early childhood education and care providers can help young children become independent by allowing and encouraging them to take responsibility for themselves whenever possible.

It can be faster, more efficient and less messy to do things for children, but they learn so much from doing things on their own.

When children practice self-help skills such as feeding and dressing themselves, they practice their large and small motor skills, gain confidence in their ability to try new things and build their self-esteem and pride in their independence.

There are four main types of self-help skills:
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