Child Care Industry News
March 28, 2017
Welcome, this week Peter Khalil highlights the importance of keeping track of your bottom line and interesting research which shows that the 'Autism Epidemic' could be associated with increasing diagnosis of less-severe symptoms. Also, an opportunity for Family Day Care educators to be involved in a survey on healthy eating and nutrition.
A look behind the figures
by Peter Khalil
There are many factors contributing to the growth of the child care industry in Australia – continued government support through subsidies; higher fees and enrolment numbers driven by higher maternal workforce participation rates; and higher disposable incomes (Connect, Insights for Business by Bankwest).

Research house IBIS World also reports that the child care industry is set to surge by more than 34 per cent as Australia’s birth rate increases by 6.4 per cent over the 5 years to 2019-20. The rise of child care in Australia has been so rapid that Colliers now considers it an investment grade asset.
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'Autism Epidemic' due to diagnosis of less severe symptoms
Early childhood education and care providers are in a frontline position to provide advice and support to parents, carers and children when there are potential signs of autism spectrum disorder (ASD).

Now, in a world-first, researchers from Perth's Telethon Kids Institute have shown that the so called 'autism epidemic' is due to an increase in the diagnosis of children with less severe behavioural symptoms, and not because there are more children being born with the disorder.
Family Day Care Educators sought to make a difference to nourishing our children
Supporting Nutrition for Australian Childcare (SNAC) is a nutrition education website which aims to support the provision of healthy eating environments in early childhood education and care settings. SNAC was established in 2013 and currently has 2,000 members who use the site to share ideas and seek support.

SNAC is currently working on a project that seeks to understand nutrition knowledge among Family Day Care Educators, with a view to informing a future intervention to be included on the SNAC website, that will facilitate the promotion and provision of healthy eating environments in the Family Day Care setting, and assist services meet the requirements of the National Quality Framework.
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