Child Care News for Parents June 24, 2015 -®
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June 24, 2015
This week we look at NZ's PORSE network which could be a great model for us to adopt as an affordable answer to flexible child care. We also discover how kidney disease (specifically nephrotic syndrome) affects young children both physically and psychologically.
Flexible child care
Could NZ have an affordable answer?
Wouldn't it be great if Australia could have a centralised, all-encompassing system that provided parents who are looking for home-based, flexible child care with a one-stop shop to affordable in-home child care (i.e., nannies and "educators" or family day care) and subsidised pre-school education?

It would be amazing wouldn't it? And it could actually be achievable if we followed a similar system to the PORSE organisation in New Zealand. PORSE was NZ's first nanny-based childcare service to be chartered by the Ministry of Education.

Not only does it operate as a centralised network of approved, trained and affordable carers, it also strives to ensure that this sector of child care is developed and sustained by providing accredited child care and education training and on-going support to people who want to work in this field or set up their own in-home care service.
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Paediatric Nephrotic Syndrome

How "Kidney Kids" are affected both physically and mentally

Nephrotic Syndrome is a chronic nonspecific kidney disorder that is often first detected in children between two and five years old. While this terrible disease can affect people of any age, it is most commonly seen in young children and affects more boys than girls.

Nephrotic syndrome is uncommon. Only about one in every 50,000 children are diagnosed with the condition each year. It tends to be more common in families with a history of allergies or with an Asian background, but it's not yet known why this is.

It can usually be diagnosed after dipping a chemically sensitive strip into a urine sample. If there are large amounts of protein in a person's urine, the strip will change colour. A blood test showing low levels of protein will confirm the diagnosis. However you can have the disease for some time before any real symptoms are noticed, which is why it is so dangerous. Usually if a child (or adult) complains of any sort of urinary tract infection, doctors will do a simple protein test.
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