Child Care News for Parents & Carers
June 14, 2017
Welcome, this week learn how abolition of the 457 Visa will affect child care and how to identify and treat hand foot and mouth disease.
457 visa changes
what does it mean for child care?
Malcolm Turnbull recently announced the abolition of Temporary Work (Skilled) visa 457. The 457 visa is a temporary visa for foreign citizens that allows them to work in Australia for four years in their nominated profession. Originally designed to fill job vacancies that were difficult to find Australians for, the visa was often used by doctors, nurses, and the IT sector, as well as in the care sector. However, despite government crackdowns there were concerns that the visa was being used to employ foreign workers cheaply.
Hand Foot & Mouth Disease:
What you need to know
It's amazing how many bugs and viruses suddenly become part of your life and language when you become a parent. One of the more common viruses that can affect younger children is Hand Foot and Mouth Disease (HFMD). This highly infectious virus has experienced a large outbreak recently, sweeping through many child care centres in Western Sydney.

HFMD is a highly contagious virus caused by several enteroviruses, including the coxsackieviruses. It is not linked to the foot and mouth disease that affects animals. Enteroviruses are very common, second only to the cold viruses.
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