Early Childhood Education and Care News
April 28, 2020
Welcome, with many of us still reeling after the death of a three year old boy left in a vehicle transporting him to his early childhood service, we have a reminder from the Queensland Government about how to ensure children's safety. Also, best practice recommendations from the Dietitian's Association of Australia for services considering a vegan menu and more amazing early childhood services going above and beyond during the COVID-19 lockdown.
Look before you lock: Guidance for providers transporting children
The tragic death of a three year old Queensland boy left unsupervised in a vehicle transporting children to their early childhood service has been a shocking reminder of just how vulnerable children are when left in hot vehicles.

Temperatures inside a locked vehicle can be 20-30 degrees hotter than conditions outside and the impact on young children can be catastrophic.

According to the Queensland Government, a child's body temperature increases three to five times faster than an adult's, placing them at greater risk of life-threatening heat stroke, brain injury, heart and lung failure and dehydration.
Amazing Early Childhood Services
Chapter 2
Last week we showcased some of the extraordinary efforts early childhood services are making to stay connected with their communities. We were blown away by the number of services going above and beyond to ensure the wellbeing of children, families and staff within their communities.

Here are some more examples of how early childhood services are leading the way:
Going vegan? Considerations for EC services
With growing interest in plant based diets, this week we spoke to Nicole Dynan, an Accredited Practising Dietitian and Media Spokesperson for the Dietitian's Association of Australia, to learn what early childhood services should consider when transitioning to a plant based or more plant based menu.

There's so much in the media about the growing popularity of veganism for both ethical and environmental reasons, but do we know whether the number of vegans is actually increasing?

Plant-based diets are on the increase and according to findings from Roy Morgan Research, between 2012 and 2016, the number of Australian adults eating a vegetarian diet increased from 1.7 million people (or 9.7 per cent of the population) to 2.1 million (or 11.2 per cent).

As for veganism, according to data from Euromonitor International, Australia is the third-fastest growing vegan market in the world (trailing the United Arab Emirates and China).

While the trend is firmly established with female Millennials, the general increase in interest in veganism could be for any number of reasons including concerns for animal welfare, health improvements, weight management or the desire for a more environmentally friendly lifestyle.
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