Child Care Industry News April 19, 2016 |®
Child Care Industry News
April 19, 2016
Welcome, this week meet our early childhood person in the spotlight; Mary Saad, a director within the Malek Group and a host of craft ideas inspired by Earth Day coming up on Friday 22 April. Plus learn how to cut the power bill in your service… just in time for winter and a reminder to complete our annual Child Care and Workforce Participation Survey.
Save money by saving energy in your service
Energy Cut, an offshoot of the social campaign group DoSomething, has created an online resource to help small businesses, including early childhood services, better manage their energy consumption.

Energy Cut says the rising cost of energy has a significant impact on many small businesses and yet many could shrink their bills by using energy more efficiently and cutting down on waste.

According to Energy Cut and a 2013 report by Vivid Economics a 1 per cent improvement in Australia's energy efficiency could boost the economy by up to $1.5 billion.

Furthermore, research commissioned on Australian's small and medium enterprises for AGL, found that more than 80 per cent of businesses feel it is worthwhile making the effort to reduce their energy use and 62 per cent worry about the cost of their next energy bill.

With this in mind Energy Cut has produced an easy to read and implement guide that helps early childhood education and care providers reduce their energy use with a range of simple solutions that can be implemented at little or no cost.

To view the 20 Step Guide to Cutting Energy Bills in Your Child Care Centre click here and for more information visit the Energy Cut website.
Child care person in the spotlight
Mary Saad
What is your full name?

My name is Mary Saad AKA Ms. Mary and I am 35 years old.

Which service do you work in? How many staff and children are in your service?

I am an early childhood director within the Malek Group, I usually work from head office but go and see the centres weekly. All up we have approximately 80 staff and approx. 400 children.

What is your professional background and career experience?

I've been very fortunate to have grown up in the early childhood profession. My mother was an educator and I remember spending all my school holidays there with her, helping set up the paint, reading a story and playing with the children.

My father was a teacher also, but after 25 years he decided to resign from teaching and went back to study building. He built a child care centre for my mum in 1991 and that's where it all began.
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International Earth Day craft ideas
On Friday 22 April 2016 Australia joins 175 other countries to celebrate Earth Day.

Earth Day occurs every year and is an international day of action marked by events designed to increase awareness and appreciation of our natural environment and teach people how to behave more responsibly and sustainably.

To promote Earth day in your service you might like to try some of our earth inspired craft ideas:

Planet Earth Coffee Filters – A quick and easy activity which results in pretty little mini Earths.

Mother Earth – An extension of the activity above which teaches kids how to turn their planet earth in to Mother Earth.

Earth Day Wreath – This idea is suitable for an individual project or a group activity.

Habitat – This activity offers some great teaching opportunities and is only limited by your imagination.

Earth – Suitable for very young children this simple project will help kids refine their small motor skills.

Papier Mache Globe – This is a big project which would make an ideal group activity.

Leaf Rubbings – A quick and easy way to share the magic of the natural environment with young children.

Earth Day Rainbow – This lovely activity combines snipping, sorting and gluing.

Happy Earth – These cute little chaps can be personalised to look like their creators.

These crafts ideas were originally sourced on,, and
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