Child Care Industry News February 16, 2016 -®
Child Care Industry News
February 16, 2016
Welcome, this week learn how to recognise concussion in small children and a range of colourful craft ideas inspired by author Eric Carle to brighten the walls of your service.
Supporting nutrition for Australian child care
This article was provided by Karen Lombard a PhD student from Edith Cowan University working on the SNAC resource for early childhood education and care providers.

Early childhood is an important time for growth, and nutrition in particular plays an essential role in a child's physical, social and emotional development, contributing significantly to good health as an adult. The importance of early year's services in contributing to children's health and well-being should not be underestimated. As more than 1 million Australian children now attend some form of childcare, the provision of nutritious foods, as well as learning and developing healthy food habits happens here, and this knowledge will persist into adulthood.

The most significant current health issue for Australian children is overweight and obesity. The Australian Institute of Health and Welfare reported that 23% of children aged 2-4 years of age were found to be overweight or obese. In fact, boys aged 5-7 have the highest obesity rate (9%) of all of the children's age groups measured in 2011-2012. Being overweight or obese during childhood can increase a person's risk of developing chronic diseases such as Type 2 diabetes, and of being overweight or obese in adulthood.
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Australia's first nanny ball
Who doesn't enjoy an excuse to get dressed up for a night on the town? The Australian Nanny Association is holding a fundraising ball at Luna Park in Melbourne on Friday 26 February and says the event is for the whole nanny community.

The ball is being held to raise funds for sick and premature babies cared for by the ANA's partner charity the Life's Little Treasures Foundation and to give nannies the opportunity for a well deserved night out.

For more information and to book your tickets for this glamorous night of fun click here.
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Keeping kids safe:
mandatory reporting
Early childhood education and care services have an obligation to provide a safe and nurturing environment for children and it is important to regularly review your practices to ensure you are meeting all your legal responsibilities in response to child protection standards and are meeting requirements with regard to education staff and families.

According to the NSW Department of Education some important points to consider include:
  • Ensuring that your staff are aware of child protection laws and the obligations that they have under these laws
  • Ensuring that the nominated supervisor and any certified supervisor placed in day to day charge of your service has an approved qualification in child protection
  • Induction plans for new staff which include the services policies and procedures relating to child protection
  • Communicating with parents on the responsibilities of staff and ways for parents to report any issues or incidents of concerns
  • Regularly reviewing your child protection policies and procedures to ensure they are applied day to day
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