Child Care News for Parents & Carers
March 8, 2017
Welcome, it's International Women's Day and we look at what you can do to remedy gender imbalances at the family level also, a close look at research which shows younger children in a classroom are more likely to be on ADHD medication.
Challenging gender imbalance
Today, March 8th is International Women's Day (IWD), and the theme this year is #BeBoldForChange. IWD was established to inspire everyone to help forge a better, more inclusive gender-equal world, by raising awareness and organising concrete action.

The World Economic Forum predicts that, as the world currently stands, the gender gap won't close entirely until 2186. Australia currently ranks 46 out of 144 countries for gender equality – with education achieving full parity, but political empowerment and economic participation still with significant improvements to be made.

So, what can we do to promote gender equality in our children's world, and build a future that is more inclusive and balanced than today?
Is it really ADHD or just immaturity?
Around 3–5 of 100 children in Australia have attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). But new research has shown that children who are younger than their peers at school are more likely to be on medication for ADHD.

A data analysis of more than 300,000 children aged between six and 10, undertaken at Curtis University found that those children in the last month of the school year intake "were twice as likely" to receive ADHD medication as compared to those born in the first intake month.

But rather than take this as a sign that younger children are more likely to have ADHD, the study concluded that the more likely explanation is that it is the result of a misdiagnosis due to immaturity.
Book Giveaway
A Ferret Named Phil and the Old Ferris Wheel
William Reimer's new book A Ferret Named Phil and the Old Ferris Wheel is a beautifully illustrated story about facing your fears head on. William's first Phil book, Phil the Ferret saw the loveable rodent overcoming a bully using brains and cunning.

The easy rhythm and engaging story make this book a great choice for younger children and the pictures are bright and appealing.

The story is about a day at the circus which goes awry when Phil and his friend Jane are stuck at the top of a rusty old Ferris wheel.

William is from Australia and used crowd funding to publish his first book. He firmly believes in empowering small children through stories and has given us five books to give away.

Simply email your name and address details to and we'll put your name in the draw.
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