Child Care Industry News
November 7, 2017
Welcome, this week more research on the first 1000 days of a child's life highlights just how vital these early days are in determining a child's future wellbeing, also a reminder on the new sleep and rest policies now in effect.
Getting it right in the first 1000 days
A new evidence paper, which will be of great interest to early childhood providers, highlights the astonishing rates of child development from conception to the end of age two and the benefit of a holistic approach to children's health.

The Strong Foundations: Getting it Right in the First 1000 Days report, prepared by the Centre for Community Child Health, with researchers from the Murdoch Children's Research Institute (MCRI), has shown that young children are affected in multiple ways, including through biology, their experiences, environment and diet, their parent's health and lifestyle during pregnancy, and the broader community.
Mandatory sleep and rest policies
Among the raft of changes to the National Quality Framework which took effect from 1 October, one of the most significant was a change to Regulation 168 of the National Regulations, which now requires early childhood education and care services to have policies and procedures on sleep and rest for children and infants.

The change has come about as a result of the death of Indianna Rose Hicks who was five months old when she died of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome while in care.
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