Child Care Industry News November 18, 2014 -®
Child Care Industry News
November 18, 2014
Welcome, this week learn about a new tool designed to help early childhood teachers promote mental wellbeing in young children and a stack of Christmas craft ideas.
New resource supports mental health in early childhood
A new government-funded resource to help educators support and nurture children's mental health is now available to the early childhood sector.

Connections, a joint initiative between the Australian government and the Hunter Institute of Mental Health, was developed in partnership with the early childhood sector and aims to build 'knowledge, skills and confidence' among educators working to support the health and wellbeing of young children.

Federal Assistant Minister for Education, Sussan Ley, said that with more than a million children enrolled in early education and care programs across Australia educators have a significant role to play and that Connections would help them with this.
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Christmas craft ideas
Christmas is an excellent excuse to get crafting. This month we have got something for everyone, from some simple Christmas tree baubles to projects which would make great gifts.

Snowflake toilet rolls Real snowflakes don't stand a chance during an Australian Christmas but these little beauties will look lovely hanging from a tree.

Straw Christmas trees A wonderful way to use up any spare drinking straws you have at the service and a fun activity for kids of any age.

Paper plate trees This project has a number of stages and would be ideal spread out over a week.

Blingy trees Another great activity for younger children, this simple tree cut out ends up looking fabulous.

Fingerprint cards Card stock and a bit of imagination is all it takes for the kids to create a lovely home made Christmas card.

Potato print cards Remember potato prints? Why not help them make a comeback by trying this super fun activity.

Tissue pompoms If you put up a Christmas tree in your service consider using these fluffy little pompoms to decorate the boughs.

Easy wreath Use green and red paper to great effect in this mess-free activity.

Christmas stockings A Christmas staple. The kids in your service will love decorating their own stocking, you can either use glue or adhesive decorations.

Santa collage Use up any leftover resources and art supplies you have left to create a jolly Santa collage.

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