Child Care News for Parents July 16, 2014 -®
Child Care News for Parents & Carers
July 16, 2014
Are you struggling to maintain sanity and control over your busy life? Juggling work and kids is hard. We have some tips on how to manage your time. Plus the Australian Nanny Association share's their views leading up to the release of Productivity Commission's draft report on July 22nd.
Australian Nanny Association
Annemarie Sansom and Tracey McDermott

Australian Nanny Association Vice President and Treasurer respectively

What an exciting time it is in the Australian childcare sector at the moment with the preliminary recommendations of the productivity commission's inquiry into childcare about to be released. We've had a sneak peek, and that hints of a recommendation to fund nannies for families with childcare needs outside of those already catered for in the existing funded system. This bit of news wasn't welcomed by all, but ANA (Australian Nanny Association) think that the childcare sector in Australia has a very exciting opportunity right now to help shape a system that is equitable and responsive to the diverse needs of Australian families.

ANA sees the value in all forms of childcare and early childhood education, and appreciates that there is no one-size-fits-all solution to the childcare needs of families. We also think that an emphasis on quality and child safety is important. If we, as a whole sector, can work together we can influence the creation of something truly great for our children and achieve our ultimate aim: meeting the diverse childcare needs of Australian families.
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How to stay sane

…by effective time/stuff management

One of the hardest things about going back to work after having a baby, particularly if that baby is your first is time/stuff management.

When you were last at work, all you had to manage or think about was work and yourself. And that was hard enough. Now you have to manage, work, yourself and a baby and all the additional stuff a baby carries around with it. It can be exhausting. Mentally and physically.

If you don't get on top of it at the beginning it can quickly deteriorate into mental and physical chaos.

You have to think about the organisation of your child as a military exercise, or another job entirely. Go about organising and planning accordingly. Precisely, with forward thinking and down to the minute time-keeping.
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