Child Care Industry News June 30, 2015 -®
Child Care Industry News
June 30, 2015
Welcome, meeting Quality Area 3 of the NQS is a challenge for many services so this week we offer you a list of resources to help meet your sustainability requirements. Also a host of winter craft ideas to brighten the walls of your service.
Struggling with sustainability?
One of the most challenging areas of the NQS for early childhood education and care providers is Quality Area 3, which focuses on the physical environment, assessing that it is safe, suitable and provides a rich and diverse range of experiences that promote children's learning and development, and children becoming environmentally aware and responsible.

In addition, Standard 3.3 of the National Quality Standard requires services to take an active role in caring for its environment and contributes to a sustainable future. For a service to be meeting the National Quality Standard element 3.3.1 requires that sustainable practices are embedded in service operations.

The NSW Department of Education and Communities has put together this list of useful resources for services wanting to learn and do more about sustainability:
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Winter craft ideas
There is definitely a chill in the air and these short dark days provide the perfect excuse to increase the number of craft activities available in your program.

We hope these winter themed projects will help to stir up your creative juices.

Tissue Paper Snowflakes - the simplest version of paper snowflakes, great for younger children.

Large Snowflakes - these are made from paper folded into a fan and then snipped.

Handprint snowflakes - who doesn't like finger painting? This project is a great excuse to get messy.

No glue glitter snowflakes - the last in our snowflake series, offers kids the opportunity to add some bling to their snowflake.

Snow man - while most Aussie kids won't see snow this winter the snowman is still the ultimate symbol of winter.

Penguin masks - turn your kids into a happy gaggle of squawking penguins using this simple activity.

Scrunchy penguins - another penguin project which uses crumpled up balls of crepe paper and lots of glue to glorious effect.

Foot print penguins - kids trace around the sole of their foot to create the body of this cute little penguin.

Winter collage - use lovely old twigs and cotton wool balls to create a wintery scene.

Hot chocolate - great for kids of all ages, this project will leave all the kids with a permanent mug of hot chocolate in their hands.

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