Child Care Industry News May 31, 2016 |®
Child Care Industry News
May 31, 2016
Welcome, this week an article by Heike Schneider from Little Scientists on the importance of STEM in early childhood settings and strategies for ensuring the kids in your service have a balanced approach to food and eating.
Boosting STEM skills in early childhood
Earlier this year the Minister for Education and Training Simon Birmingham launched a $14 million program to boost STEM skills in children in the early years.

The minister said that around 75 per cent of the fastest growing industries require skills in science, technology, engineering and maths and this investment will help underpin Australia's competiveness in the future.

As part of the investment $4 million each was provided to the Little Scientists and Let's Count programs, which the minister says will reach 350,000 across the country and provide young students with new ways of engaging with STEM subjects.

We contacted Heike Schneider from Little Scientists to learn more about this program and what it offers early childhood providers and children.
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Helping kids develop good eating habits for life
Early childhood education and care professionals are in a unique position to influence the eating habits of young children and to help them develop a healthy and balanced approach to food for life.

Harnessing the natural curiosity children have about the world is a great way to teach them about the importance of eating properly and incorporating a few simple teaching ideas into your program can help to set them on the right track for life.
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