Child Care News for Parents October 1, 2014 -®
Child Care News for Parents & Carers
October 1, 2014
Shift working is getting a lot of press at the moment in terms of how parents juggle child care with unsociable working hours. Our article highlights the problem and looks at the child care options out there. And as it's warming up, do you know the difference between a heat rash and something more serious? Our article Know Your Rashes is a good overview of different types and what to look out for.
Shift working

What are the child care options for families who work shifts?

Recently the subject of shift working has been in the news a fair bit with focus on those essential services that keep the country safe and ticking along.

People simply don't work 9 to 5 anymore. The world has gone 24/7 and service industries have to keep up with this new global "open all hours". How do shift-working families cope with managing school and child care?

It isn't just medical professions and emergency services that are now permanently on call. It's pretty much everyone. For example banking has now gone online and 24/7 and so its customer service teams need to be on the end of the phone to support this service.

Shift work has its upsides. It's generally well paid for unsociable hours and has good penalty rates, incentives and other financial benefits. But it has a huge toll on social life, relationships, sleep and general health.
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know your rashes
by Sophie Cross
Recently my sister-in-law called in a panic, because her one-year-old had been sent home from nursery with suspected chicken pox.

She was told not to return with the child until they had visited the doctor and got a doctor's note or for a couple of weeks until the chickenpox had passed. After frantic work rescheduling and pulling in favours from family and friends, and a trip to the local GP it was found that my nephew had a heat rash and was perfectly fine to continue on at child care.

And despite said doctor's note, the following week, the same thing happened again.

It made me wonder what is going on when an experienced child care worker can't recognize the difference between a heat rash and chickenpox. Can anyone except highly trained medical practitioners know the difference?

Do you as parents know the difference?
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