Child Care Industry News July 12, 2016 |®
Child Care Industry News
July 12, 2016
Welcome, are you up-to-speed on the mandatory reporting requirements in early childhood settings? Also NPS Medicinewise offer some useful suggestions on how to reduce reliance on antibiotics in the early years.
How well do you know the law?
Early childhood education and care providers are at the frontline when it comes to child welfare. They work closely with families and have unique insights into family dynamics.

That's why it is important that early childhood providers have clear understanding of their legal obligations when it comes to reporting suspected child abuse or neglect.

In Australia, state and territory governments are responsible for receiving reports of suspected child abuse and neglect from members of the public.

Anyone who suspects, on reasonable grounds, that a child or young person is at risk of being abused and/or neglected should report it to the authority in their state or territory.
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Managing winter cold and flu season for young children

This winter NPS MedicineWise is reminding Australian parents and carers that young children could be taking unnecessary antibiotic prescriptions due to the common misconception in the community that antibiotics work on common winter viruses. Using antibiotics for ordinary cold and flu is a contributor to antibiotic resistance.

NPS MedicineWise is working with the Australian Government Department of Health to respond to the growing problem of antibiotic resistance.

Child care centre staff are in a powerful position to lead this education

Child care staff can play a role in leading more informed conversations about antibiotic resistance. By educating parents and carers about the importance of this issue and promoting how to manage the symptoms of colds and flu without antibiotics, we can help reduce the demand and expectation for antibiotics and the incidence of antibiotic resistance in Australia and among Australian children.
On July 18, iconic Australian TV favourite Play School celebrates 50 years of broadcasting to children and families across the country.

This huge milestone, which makes the show the second longest running programme in the world, is being celebrated at the National Museum of Australia with a special exhibition featuring all the main Play School characters and a host of celebrity guests signing cover versions of some of the most popular kids songs.

Play School has been a mainstay in the TV diet of generations of Australian children, and it is a programme parents and early childhood providers can rely on to supply entertaining, educational and age appropriate content for children. In fact, it is estimated that around 80 per cent of Australian preschoolers sit down to watch an episode of Play School at least once a week.

Congratulations to everyone at Play School and we wish you every success for the next 50 years.
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