Child Care News for Parents April 1, 2015 -®
Child Care News for Parents & Carers
April 1, 2015
Tomorrow is International Children's Book Day. Read our article about the importance of getting your kids into books. This weekend the Easter Bunny will arrive and we say "let them eat chocolate". However, we do have some tips on how to limit the damage. And finally, we can't believe it, but this year is our 10th Annual Child Care and Workforce Participation Survey. Have your say on the important issues and you can be in the running for an iPad mini… plus for every survey completed we will donate $1 to the Australian Red Cross's Tiffany Circle program to support Young Parents in disadvantaged areas. Happy Easter.
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10th Annual child care & workforce participation survey
This year is the 10th anniversary of the Child Care and Workforce Participation survey.

Over the years we've gained a huge amount of valuable insight from parents, carers and child care professionals into how the system does and doesn't work for parents; the cost and quality of your child care; discrimination in the workplace and in society; how flexible our employers really are and what you, our loyal followers think about child care in Australia.

Much of our findings have been shared with the child care industry, politicians and lobbyists and policy influencers.

We've worked tirelessly to try to make sure that child care and family friendly workplace policies are moving in the right direction and your responses to our survey have also inspired us to develop new, unique and industry leading search tools to try to make your search for child care (through our service anyway) as easy and comprehensive as possible.

Your support and continuous feedback has allowed us to become the country's leading child care search resource with over three million users a year.

What do you think about the idea of Shared Parental Leave? Do you think qualified nannies should be deemed "approved child care" and eligible for benefit and rebate? What do you think about an all-in-one, means tested child care subsidy (or Early Care and Learning Subsidy as is its proposed name)?

Should there be wider eligibility for "in home care" to assist those who work shifts or unsociable hours; and have you been discriminated against for being a working mum or a stay at home mum?

We want to know

Take this year's survey and be in the running for an iPad mini.

In addition, for every survey completed in full, we will donate $1 to Australian Red Cross's Tiffany Circle program to support Young Parents in disadvantaged areas (find out more about this amazing program).
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Don't let books become extinct

Get your child to pick up a book today

International Children's Book Day (2 April) celebrates the wonder of children's books everywhere. The day is designed to inspire children to pick up a book and get reading. We desperately need that inspiration these days, as children are far more inclined to pick up an iPad or iPhone and start playing Crossy Road or Flappy Bird than pick up a book and start reading.

April the 2nd was chosen to mark this day for young literature lovers because it's Hans Christian Andersen's birthday. Andersen was the author of many famous children's stories, fairy tales and poetry, like "The Little Mermaid", "The Tinderbox", "The Ugly Duckling", "The Snow Queen", "The Nightingale", "The Emperor's New Clothes" and many more. His stories have inspired plays, ballets, and both live-action and animated films.

Organised by the International Board on Books for Young People (or IBBY), the aim of International Children's Book Day is to promote books and reading to young people and this is becoming increasingly important.
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It's Easter
Let them eat chocolate
We're going out on a limb here and saying let kids eat chocolate this Easter. Do it without guilt, just let them eat it in moderation and all will be fine.

We're a diet-obsessed nation. Yet we're still the world's second most obese nation per capita. Why is this? Our kids are obese. We have a high level of childhood Type 2 Diabetes and we're fixated by food.

As adults, serial dieters are the ones who struggle the most with their relationship with food. Constant restriction of your favourite treats simply makes you obsess about them and you're far more likely to go out and gorge yourself on unhealthy goodies.

We remember the days of eating our weight in chocolate when we were kids at Easter. But it was allowed. It was a special occasion and we didn't eat masses of sweets the rest of the time. Except Christmas when we also remember eating vast amounts.
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