Child Care Industry News
May 9, 2017
Welcome, are you joining National Simultaneous Storytime this year? It's not too late to join the fun also a stack of Mother's Day craft ideas which would make great gift ideas. Plus the 2017 child care survey results are in.
Child Care in the Spotlight
Results of our 2017 Child Care & Workforce Participation Survey are in
The 2017 Annual Child Care and Workforce Participation Survey has just closed and we are in the process of analysing the results. Just shy of 2000 Australian parents and guardians completed the survey this year offering valuable insight and experiences. We look forward to sharing our findings with you over the coming weeks.
National Simultaneous Storytime (NSS) is coming up next week at 11am on Wednesday 24 May, this annual campaign now in its 17th successful year, is a colourful, vibrant fun event that aims to encourage more young Australians to read and enjoy books and promote the value of reading and literacy.

Every year during NSS a children's book, written and illustrated by an Australian, is read simultaneously in libraries, pre-schools, child care centres, family homes, bookshops, primary schools and many other locations around the country.
Mother's Day Craft ideas
With Mother's Day coming up on Sunday 14 May now is a great time to start some new craft projects. Most mums love receiving homemade presents and this week's list includes activities which would make great gifts and which can be adapted to suit pre-school children of every age.

Mother's Day Muffin Flower Card a lovely activity which can be scaled up or down depending on the age of the child

Hand Print Card with Poem younger children may need a hand to write or print the poem but will enjoy creating a collage of handprints to decorate the card.

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

You Are My Sunshine this special keepsake includes a photo of the child.

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 children of any age through the use of different levels of decoration.

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