Child Care News for Parents & Carers
August 9, 2017
Welcome, with the extension of free preschool funding we look at the reasons why providing a strong foundation in early childhood is so important. Also, the down and dirty on nail biting and how you can support your child to stop.
Building a strong foundation for future success
The Federal Government has announced an extension to its current national preschool program, to now offer another year of funding, guaranteeing free preschool to the nation's most vulnerable four-year olds.

The current program that offers 15 hours of preschool delivered by a qualified early childhood teacher to children from lower socio-economic communities has been a significant reform in Australian education. The new funding now extends this existing 15 hours to now also reach three-year-olds.
Does your child bite their nails?
There are several nervous habits that young children can acquire throughout their childhood – nail biting, thumb sucking, teeth grinding or hair twisting. Nail biting is the most common, with up to 50 per cent of children biting their nails at some point in their childhood.

Nail biting can start for a number of reasons: a child may be bored, curious, or it could be because of stress or anxiety. A child may also copy an older sibling, which in turn eventually becomes a nervous habit of their own.

Most bad habits are a passing phase that a child will stop on their own. However, sometimes early intervention can be best, because habits are harder to break the longer they go on for. If you notice your child begin to bite their nails there are a few things you can do to try and break the habit.
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