Child Care Industry News
October 4, 2016
Welcome, this week new research reveals the extent of body image problems in early childhood and a reminder on sun safety as we head into the warmer months.
Body image worries in early years
Astonishing new research from the UK shows that some children start verbalising their concerns about weight and body image as early as three years old.

Nearly a quarter (24 per cent) of early childhood education and care professionals said they have seen signs that children aged between three and five years old, in their care, are unhappy with their appearance or bodies.

But this figure almost doubles as children get older with 47 per cent of carers reporting they have witnessed body image anxieties in 6-10 year olds.
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Safe fun in the sun
Summer is fast approaching, the days are becoming warmer and the UV index is increasing. It's easy to slip into a more relaxed approach to sun safety over the cooler months of winter, which makes NOW the perfect time to review your sun protection policies and remind all staff about the importance of staying up-to-date on service policies and encouraging them to enforce those standards.

Australia has the highest incidence on skin cancer in the world and overexposure to the sun in childhood is known to be a major cause of skin cancer in later life. With this in mind early childhood education and care providers are required to have a sun protection policy in place and to enforce that policy to comply with the requirements set by the National Quality Standard.
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