Early Childhood Education and Care News
May 5, 2020
Happy Mother's Day for Sunday, to all the amazing mums out there doing a wonderful job in these strange times! This week, new resources have been developed by Beyond Blue to support early childhood educators during the COVID-19 lockdown. Also, University of Queensland research shows that psychiatric problems among children may indicate a higher genetic vulnerability for adult depression.
COVID-19 Advice to supporting early learning communities
Beyond Blue and Early Childhood Australia have teamed up to develop a two-page resource recognising that educators looking after young children have a pivotal role in supporting families through the coronavirus pandemic, they also face some unique challenges, which can impact both physical and mental wellbeing.

For this reason, Beyond Blue's Be You initiative has developed a resource for early learning educators to help them look after children's and their own mental health during these uncertain times.
Genetic link to childhood emotional, social and psychiatric problems
Emotional, social and psychiatric problems in children and adolescents may be linked to higher levels of vulnerability to adult depression according to new research from the University of Queensland.

This information is helpful for early childhood educators as it highlights the importance of early recognition of and intervention for preschool aged children, to help prevent problems in later life.
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