Child Care News for Parents June 17, 2015 -®
Child Care News for Parents & Carers
June 17, 2015
What do you do with child care once your child goes to school? This week we look at the big issue of before and after school care and what the alternatives are. And our Look after yourself article is a great one on 5 easy activities you can do to get and stay in shape.
No after school care…
what are the alternatives?
Much of the time we find ourselves focusing on the search for care for children of below school age, but the reality is that when your child reaches school age, it just gets even harder to manage child care and working.

Child care centres and family day care set ups are great. They could be cheaper and they could operate more flexible hours, but at least (if you're lucky enough to have got a place), your child is there from 8-6 and you are able to get on with your working day with relatively normal hours.

However, when your children reach school age, it's a whole other ball game. Suddenly your working day is reduced by about 4 hours. Children are then going in at 9am and leaving at 3pm - and for their first term in Kindy, they may even leave at 2pm.
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Look after yourself:
5 easy activities to keep you fit & healthy
Not a fan of the gym? You're not alone, but suffering from "Gymphobia" doesn't mean you can't stay fit and in great shape.

Harvard Medical School's special health report says the following five easy (and economical) activities can help you get and stay in shape and lower your risk for disease. They're suitable for any age or fitness ability, you can do them anywhere and they don't cost a fortune in monthly gym membership or personal trainers.

1. Swimming

This is known as "the perfect workout" and if you live near the sea, pool or sports centre, then it’s an easy one to do. Why is it so good: According to Dr. I-Min Lee, professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School, the buoyancy of the water supports your body and takes the strain off painful joints so you can move them more fluidly. Research finds that swimming can improve your mental state and put you in a better mood.
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