Child Care Industry News May 13th 2014 -®
Child Care Industry News
May 13, 2014
Welcome, ever thought about keeping an animal in your service? This week we tell you what and what not to do. Also, meet Jenny Kable, children's services advisor at Only About Children and author of the wildly successful blog: Let the Children Play.
Where's Barney?

Animals in ECEC settings

Last month's news report on the theft of a small baby crocodile from a service in Eaton, NT prompted questions on the place of animals in early childhood education and care environments.

According to the NT News the six-month old freshwater crocodile, known as Barney, was taken from a fish tank outside the Kid Force Child Care Centre.

Speaking to NT News Kid's Force manager Belinda Murray said they bought the crocodile just for something different.

"Most child care centres have chooks and things like that. We like our kids to be able to see and learn, not just hear and learn."

Ms Murray said Barney was an "angry" crocodile who wasn't afraid to bite.

"We had a permit for him and know how to handle him properly," she said.

As Ms Murray says many services have animals available for children and even the unexciting ones are usually popular with children.

There are many benefits for children of having animals available in child care services, including the opportunity for children to develop a caring and responsible attitude, how to handle animals correctly and animal care skills such as cleaning and feeding.

Pets can be built into the daily program and provide a valuable source of inspiration for the development of curriculum. There are however a range of issues which need to be considered before you pop out and buy yourself a baby croc.
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Child care person in the spotlight
Jenny Kable is a children's services advisor with Only About Children (Oac) she also runs the very popular blog, Let the Children Play, which has more than 20,000 subscribers and a Facebook following of 50,000. She is a real guru who shares and inspires with her amazing playscapes and learning environments.

What is your full name?
I am called Jennifer, Jenny, Jen or Mum - take your pick and I am 49.

Which centre do you work in? How many staff and children are in the centre?
As a children's services advisor with Oac, I have the pleasure and privilege of working with not just one, but nine of our campuses in Sydney's north and northern beaches, along with their inspiring Directors, educators and of course children.

What is your professional background and career experience?
A late bloomer career wise, I was 26 and a mature age student when I commenced my Bachelor of Early Childhood Education at Macquarie University in Sydney, having spent my early twenties working and travelling with Qantas. Despite the late start, once I began I knew that this was where my passion would lie.

Not long after graduating, I threw myself into the deep end by opening my own 38-place long day care centre in Surry Hills. The learning curve was steep, the hours were long and I was running on adrenaline for the first few years but I wouldn't have done it any differently.
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