Child Care Industry News
March 27, 2018
Welcome, the NQS requirements around sleep changed in February, learn 11 essential practices to ensure your service is compliant free, also lots of fun ideas in our article on Easter crafts.
11 safe sleeping practices
We all know that meeting a child's sleep needs are crucial in supporting their development. As an early childhood educator, you play a very important role in helping children and their parents develop safe practices to support quality sleep.

With further changes to the National Quality Standards, effective as of 1 February 2018, Cindy Davenport, Co-Director of Safe Sleep Space and Sleep Smart outlines some essential safe sleeping practices for babies and toddlers in early childhood services.
Easter craft ideas
Everyone likes Easter, a couple of days off work and plenty of chocolate for all…what's not to love? Easter is also laden with symbols and motifs, which make great craft projects: eggs, bunnies, chicks, there‚Äôs something to pique the interest of even the most 'un-crafty' children.

We've sorted through the resources and curated 10 fun activities for you to try with the children in your service, in advance of Easter this weekend. Happy crafting!

Cotton bud painting Suitable for all ages, this activity is quick and easy and won't drain your craft supplies.

Ribbon eggs You'll need an egg template and plenty of brightly coloured ribbons for this project, which is great for developing fine motor skills.

Bubble wrap eggs Another egg activity, this one with bubble wrap, which creates an interesting texture and is irresistibly poppable!

Tape-resist eggs This activity would work on any piece of paper and can be scaled in complexity to suit children of all ages.

Easter trees If you fancy a collaborative activity then why not try this lovely colourful 'Easter tree'.

Wet chalk tape-resist eggs Another tape resist activity, this one mixes the tape with the interesting consistency of wet chalk.

Bunny banners Use a simple template to create a banner of Easter bunnies, which you can hang on the walls.

Bunny ears These crowns are the perfect solution to the Easter hat parade.

Bunny masks Use paper plates as the basis for these sweet and slightly cheeky bunny masks. Younger children may need assistance with some of the elements.

Cotton ball bunnies Use squishy cotton balls to create these adorable soft Easter bunnies.

These craft ideas were originally sourced on No Time for Flash Cards, Hands on as we Grow, The Chaos and the Clutter, House of Burke, Mom to 2 Posh Lil Divas, Toddler Approved and Kidspot.
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