Child Care Industry News May 3, 2016 |®
Child Care Industry News
May 3, 2016
Welcome, this week first results from the our annual Child Care and Workforce Participation Survey and a range of Mother's Day craft ideas.
Survey results
2016 survey reveals how ECEC sector is doing
A record 4446 people filled out the 2016 Child Care and Workforce Participation Survey, demonstrating how important early childhood education and care is to parents and child care professionals.

This year we more clearly directed some questions to parents and carers and some questions to early childhood professionals.

Of our 4446 survey respondents just under 60 per cent were parents and just over 40 per cent identified as early childhood education and care providers.

What providers said

This year we sought to learn more about how early childhood providers feel about the child care system in Australia and what could be done to improve the current challenges. The issue of pay for early childhood professionals is often raised as a problem and a resounding 70 per cent of you feel that low pay is the main reason we don't have enough people working in the early childhood sector.
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Mother's Day crafts
Cool gift ideas for kids of every age and stage
With Mother's Day coming up on Sunday 8 May it's a great time to start some new craft projects. Most mums love receiving homemade gifts and the list below offers a range of ideas suitable for all ages.

Mother's Day Muffin Flower Card - a lovely card which is a suitable project for kids of all ages.

Hand Print Card with Poem - depending on the age of the children you have working on this idea you may need to write/print the poem, then have the children decorate the card with their handprints.

Hand Print Tulips - a super easy and super fun project which is suitable for the youngest kids.

You Are My Sunshine - this special project uses a photo of the kids to make a fridge magnet all mums will love to keep.

Coffee Filter Flowers - a flower for mum made from simple everyday items.

Mother's Day Flower Pot Wall Hanging - a more complicated project that the older kids will enjoy.

Scissor Snip Flowers - another flower themed idea that works well for younger kids.

Decorated Flower Pots - a lovely craft project that can be combined as a garden project for mum by the addition of seeds and soil.

Popsicle Stick Photo Frames - this old favourite can be adapted for all ages by the use of different levels of decoration.

These craft ideas were sourced from, and
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