Child Care News for Parents October 14, 2015 -®
Child Care News for Parents & Carers
November 18, 2015
The start of the new year is a popular time for returning to work after parental leave and this big step requires preparation. We have some good advice on how to make your transition back to work smooth for you and your family. Also, a reminder on water safety and some boredom busting solutions for the long school hols.
Back to work in 2016
Are you ready?
Going back to work is one of the biggest decisions you can make after you've been on maternity leave, for any length of time. It's filled with a mixture of feelings of excitement and guilt, and is of course made harder by the fact that for most, the adjustment of priorities, timekeeping and juggling child care can be really hard.

Re-entering the workforce after maternity leave - whether it's three months, six months or a year or two - can present many problems and concerns for women, such as lack of confidence and self-belief and worries about coping with the parenting and work juggle. Not to mention the stress and guilt of whether what you're doing is right for you and your baby.

It's likely that if you've been on maternity leave from a long-term job, your position will be left open to you and you'll move back into it with some adjustment, but before you know it, it will be like you never left… except now you'll have to juggle child care pick up times, sick babies who can't go to child care and extreme tiredness from interrupted nights.
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Summer safety in the water
With most Australians spending a large part of their summer in and around water of some description it's important to be water safe… this includes knowing how to prevent drowning. Know how to spot a child in trouble at the beach or pool.

With summer holidays around the corner, it's time to make sure you and your child are ready for the water. Sadly in Australia, children under five are still at huge risk from drowning, particularly in swimming pools where they account for 36% of all drownings.

26 children between the ages of 0 and 4 years drowned in Australia between 1 July 2014 and 30 June 2015 - an increase of 6 drowning deaths (or 30%) on last year's total of 20 drowning deaths.
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No-boredom zone
Planning for the long school hols
by Sophie Cross

With the long school holidays just around the corner it's time to start planning how to fill those long long summer days.

If your house is anything like mine during the silly season it's fair to say that those crazy two weeks between school finishing and Christmas evaporate in a whirl of end of year parties, shopping, and general mayhem.

However, once the furore of Christmas and NYE has died down and the novelty of all the presents has worn off the boredom can set in and those three-four weeks in January can feel a lot longer than they actually are.

Many people return to work in the first week of January and with most working parents limited to the standard four week holiday per year, vacation care is a necessity but one which can sometimes be hard to come by.
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