Child Care Industry News October 7, 2014 -®
Child Care Industry News
October 7, 2014
Welcome, its Mental Health Week so we highlight the important role ECTs have in promoting mental wellbeing in young children and some tips on encouraging bilingualism in early childhood education and care services.
Maintaining the mental wellbeing of kids
In National Mental Health Week it seems timely to cover the topic of mental health in small children and what early childhood education and care providers can do to foster and strengthen resilience and mental wellbeing in our youngest citizens.

World Mental Health Day (WMHD) is a key part of our National Mental Health Week and aims to increase global mental health education, awareness and advocacy. WMHD is help annually on 10/10 and this year the campaign in Australia has three objectives:
  1. Encourage help seeking behaviour
  2. Reduce the stigma associated with mental illness
  3. Foster connectivity throughout communities
The 2014 WMHD hopes to achieve these goals by encouraging people to take personal ownership of their own mental health and wellbeing. For adults living with mental illness this is a challenge, for small children it is even more so as they are unlikely to have enough understanding to label what they are feeling or the communication skills to share their mental state with an adult.
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Bi-lingual children

Supporting bi-lingual children in early childhood environments

Australia’s diverse and multicultural population means many children come from bi-lingual homes and early childhood education and care providers have an important job to play in supporting children as they learn to speak both their home language and English.

Encouraging bi-lingual children to maintain their home language is very important as it is provides a strong link to their culture and sense of identity. Although you may not be able to speak a child’s home language there are still plenty of ways to encourage the development of a second language in children and to support bi-lingual children as they gain confidence and proficiency in their language skills.
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