Child Care News for Parents March 23, 2016 |®
Child Care News for Parents & Carers
March 23, 2016
Easter's come early. We've got some great ideas for having a healthier Easter this year and some fascinating new Australian research which reveals the link between good sleep habits and a child's early success at school.
The link between sleep and early school success
Still battling to settle your toddler at night? New research by QUT reveals it's important to sort your children's sleep problems as soon as possible to improve their ability to settle at school.

The study, which examined the long-term impact of sleep on early school behaviour, revealed that one in three children have escalating problems sleeping across birth to five years which increased their risk of emotional and behavioural issues at school and put them at risk of attention deficit disorders.

Dr Kate Williams from QUT's School of Early Childhood analysed the sleep behaviour of 2880 children born in 2004 until they reached the age of six-seven years and said it is vital to get children's sleep behaviours right by the time they turn five.
Five ways to have a healthier Easter
Looking for some healthy and fun options to the never-ending baskets of cheap sugary Easter eggs which rear their ugly heads at this time of the year? Then you have come to the right place.

Kids love Easter and for good reason, a long weekend and a legitimate excuse to indulge in all sorts of sweet treats; what's not to like? However, with increasing understanding about the harmful effects of sugar and how much damage it can cause us, why not broaden your horizons a bit this Easter and explore other options for the Easter chocolate overload and egg hunt.

Here's our guide to having an easier and healthier Easter:

  1. Hold off buying those Easter eggs until Easter weekend, just because the chocolate stuff has been weighing down the shelves at the supermarket since just after Christmas doesn't mean you have to buy it. Step away from the chocky bunnies.
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