Child Care Industry News April 26, 2016 |®
Child Care Industry News
April 26, 2016
Welcome, this week learn how to run a successful social media strategy for your service and how to harness the power of music to boost young children's social and emotional skills, by Galina Zenin the Director of Bonkers Beats and the National Winner of the of the 2016 ASG National Excellence in Teaching Awards. Also, your final opportunity to have a say in our annual Child Care and Workforce Participation Survey.
Issues in social media:
Developing a social media policy
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Social media offers early childhood settings many benefits, it's a great way to stay in touch with families, engage with the wider community and showcase art works, improvements in the centre or special events. The two way flow of communication makes it a great forum for fielding questions and it can be a very effective and fast way of disseminating information.

These advantages all come with a certain element of risk and maximising the benefits of an online presence in social media can also be quite time consuming. It's important to have a clear understanding of these costs and benefits before embarking on a social networking campaign.

The most effective way to mitigate the risk of giving your service an online presence in social media is to develop and strictly adhere to a social media policy. At the heart of this policy needs to be recognition that protecting the service, families and privacy of the children in your service is the primary goal.
The power of music:
Boosting young children's social & emotional skills
By Galina Zenin, Music & Early Childhood Consultant
Extensive research indicates that children with well-developed social and emotional skills have a better chance of being prepared for life and being happy and healthy adults.

So how do we know if a child is ready on all levels to take on school? That's a question that most parents and educators will ask themselves many times. We talk about school readiness a lot, but I'd like us to focus on life readiness instead.

School Readiness – Life Readiness

While we often look to academic ability to assess school readiness in young children, social and emotional readiness is even more important. To be ready for life we need to know how to develop relationships with others, how to negotiate, problem solve, share, lead, follow.

Here are a few of the questions Kathy Walker of Early Life Foundations uses to assess school readiness that you might like to use with your old children in mind:
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