Child Care News for Parents November 19, 2014 -®
Child Care News for Parents & Carers
November 19, 2014
So you've reached that momentous part in your child's life when it's time to graduate to big school, you may well be feeling a little jittery. We have a great article to help guide you and your child through this transition smoothly and happily. Plus an opinion piece on the Early Years Opportunity in light of the G20 summit.
The early years opportunity
An opinion piece
This week we are pleased to offer you an opinion piece on the importance and value of early childhood education and care, written in light of the G20 summit in Brisbane.

Four leading early childhood experts collaborated to write the piece, which points out that gender equality and increasing women's participation in the workforce can only be achieved when we improve access to high quality early childhood education and care.

The authors of this article are:
  • Professor Linda Harrison, PhD, Charles Sturt University, NSW
  • Professor Frank Oberklaid, Founding Director of the Centre for Community Child Health at the Royal Children's Hospital Melbourne and a Professor of Paediatrics at the University of Melbourne
  • Professor Edward C. Melhuish, PhD, University of Oxford, UK
  • Professor Charles E. Pascal, PhD, University of Toronto, Canada
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Transition to big school… are you ready?
Most parents with children starting big school in 2015 will probably have already been to one or two orientation days, so their little ones get accustomed to the idea of being a very small fish in a very big pond.

Parents who have already been through the process with older children know that for most kids, adapting to big school is a walk, (Don't run) In the playground and it's actually often harder for the mums to get to grips with than it is for the kids.

If you haven't shed a few tears already, you soon will. Even the hardest of us can't help a little sniffle when we see those gorgeous little things lined up in their oversized uniforms, in their big hats and carrying ridiculously sized back packs on their backs. You will feel so much better if you are prepared and know that both you and your child are ready for the transition to the next phase.

The main thing to remember is that small children are creatures of habit, ruled by routine and the familiar and they need to feel organized in order to feel safe and secure.
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