Early Childhood Education and Care News
July 6, 2021
Welcome, this week researchers from South Australia have shown that physical activity guidelines among children in Outside Schools Hours Care are low and have set about rectifying this. Also, activities for recognising NAIDOC week.
Physical activity guidelines in after school hours care
In a world first, researchers from the University of South Australia surveyed more than 600 Outside School Hours Care (OSHC) services across Australia, investigating the amount of physical activity undertaken by children in OSHC environments, alongside the amount of screen time they are given.

The results of their survey, which produced a high percentage of respondents, showed that 31-79 per cent of sessions conducted in after-hours care services involved screen time and little to no physical activity by the students, meaning that they receive very little exercise and often next to no time for active play.
5 ways to celebrate NAIDOC week
The first week of July is NAIDOC Week, a time to acknowledge and celebrate the traditions and knowledge of Australia's First Nations People.

NAIDOC originally stood for 'National Aborigines and Islanders Day Observance Committee'; now, it is a time for all Australians to come together and learn about the rich history of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

All Australians are encouraged to take the opportunity to listen to what Indigenous communities have to say, and to enjoy some of the art, music, stories, rituals and more that make up these fascinating cultures. 
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