Child Care Industry News June 21, 2016 |®
Child Care Industry News
June 21, 2016
Welcome, this week strategies for talking with parents and a host of wonderful winter craft ideas to keep little fingers busy.
Strategies for effective communication with parents
We receive a number of requests from early childhood education and care providers keen to build and maintain positive communication with parents and carers.

This article from Raising Children Network offers some great tips.

Close working relationships between parents and carers offers many benefits for early childhood programs and crucially, can provide important sources of support to parents in the task of parenting.

Fundamental to an effective and productive partnership is the nature and style of communication. Yet limited time and the stress of running a busy early childhood service can get in the way of clear and supportive communication.

Here are some quick tips on communicating with parents:
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2016 Early Education and Care Awards

Congratulations to this year's winners would like to wish a heartfelt congratulations to award winners at the 2016 Australian Family Early Education and Care Awards, which was held in Sydney on Friday last week.
  • MyLife MySuper Early Childhood Service of the Year
    The Joey Club Brisbane QLD
  • Nestle NAN Toddler Early Childhood Director of the Year
    Josique Lynch from Joondalup Early Learning Centre, Joondalup WA
  • Springfree Trampoline Early Childhood Educator of the Year
    Yuki Takahashi-Braybrook from Devonshire Street Children's Centre, Chatswood NSW
  • Educational Experience Rising Star Award
    Benjamin Kikkert from Discovery Early Learning Sacred Heart, New Town TAS
This year's winners were selected from 18 state winners and will share a prize pool valued at more than $75,000, including $40,000 in training and professional grants.

Australian Family Managing Director and Judging Chairman Paul Clancy said Australia has some of the world's best early childhood education and care providers.

"Each year we continue to see professionals in this sector demonstrating, at an incredibly high level, their professionalism, commitment to improvement and dedication to innovation," he said.
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Winter crafts
With the days becoming wetter and cooler now is a great time to crack out some new craft ideas. The suggestions below all have a winter theme.

Home made snow globes Ask the children in your service to bring in a plastic or glass jar with a tight fitting lid to ensure there are enough to go around. This is likely to be a popular activity.

Winter tree silhouettes This lovely activity takes a bit of patience and younger children will require some help but the results are wonderful.

Sticky trees Another winter tree activity, this one requires the children to go on a scavenger hunt to source a collection of twigs to use in the project.

Bubble wrap snowy picture A simple sensory activity which is a great way to use up any bubble wrap you have on hand.

Handprint snow kids Although not many places in Australia are snowy in the winter, we couldn't do a winter crafts article without a couple of snow based projects.

Paper plate snow people Super easy and super fun and also relatively low on the mess factor, children of all ages will be able to give this project a whirl.

Round polar bears Teach children about circles with this fun activity which celebrates another icon of the cold weather.

Cotton ball snowflakes This simple project is perfect for young children.

Paper snowflakes This takes the simple scissor cut snowflake to a whole new level with the addition of a hole punch!

Winter crowns With cold wintery weather comes more opportunities for indoor play, these crowns are great additions to the costume box.
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