Child Care Industry News
June 12, 2018
Welcome, this week the new meal planning tool supporting early childhood services to develop menus in line with best practice and cool winter craft ideas to keep little fingers busy.
Menu planning tool aims to tackle obesity
In an effort to curtail obesity in young children the Australian government has launched feedAustralia, a menu-planning tool to support early childhood education and care services to provide meals which meet Australian Dietary Guidelines.

Currently one in four children are considered overweight or obese and meals given to children in child care account for up to 67 per cent of their daily nutritional requirements. feedAustralia was developed by researchers and nutritionists from the University of Newcastle and Hunter New England Population Health to improve the delivery of food and drinks to children in care and is based on best-practice evidence.
Cool winter craft ideas
Brrrrr… with the cooler months of winter well upon us, now is a great time to try a few new craft ideas.

This month we have selected eight simple winter themed craft ideas, which you can try at your service to encourage discussion around seasonality.

Icicle bunting Turn your room into a winter wonderland with the help of this shivery cold icicle bunting! Children will enjoy splodging on the runny paint and watching the colours merge.

Paper snowflakes An oldie but a goodie and excellent for developing fine motor skills. If you don't have tissue paper on hand substitute for a thicker grade of paper.

Snow people Use a simple outline to create a chain of plump snow people which can be decorated any which way.

Snow paint Mix up a batch of creamy, textured snow paint and create all sorts of wondrous wintery pictures.

Paper plate penguin Quick and easy and lots of fun, this is a good activity for younger children.

Tissue paper snowflakes Squeeze bright watercolour paints onto tissue paper to great effect in this interesting activity.

Winter trees Create a forest of wintery trees to hang on the wall, use cotton buds or finger painting whichever is more fun.

Salt painting Salt is a wonderful textural ingredient to give paintings a 3D effect and makes for perfect snow!

These craft ideas were originally sourced on Activity Village, Growing A Jewelled Rose, Our Potluck Family, Teaching 2 and 3 Year Olds, Easy Peasy and Fun and
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