Child Care News for Parents & Carers
May 2, 2017
Welcome, 'flu season is upon us… again. This week some easy hacks to help you keep winter colds and 'flu at bay this year. Also, a closer look at some of the early learning philosophies which have shaped the Australian child care landscape.
Keeping your kids healthy this 'flu season
As the mercury drops and days get shorter, it also means that flu season is just around the corner. And though there is no way of completely avoiding the coughs and colds that inundate child care services throughout the winter, there are plenty of things that parents can do to minimise the impact.

Aim for two serves of fruits and five serves of veggies every day, in particular opting for those high in immune-boosting Vitamin C, such as mandarin segments, halved kiwi fruit, carrot, celery and capsicum. Vitamin C can increase the body's production of infection-fighting white blood cells.
Teaching philosophies in early learning settings
The early learning classroom in Australia has changed a lot in the last 20 years and with mothers increasingly moving into the workforce, the choice of child care has grown along with this trend. In 1987, only 29% of preschool-aged children attended in care. In 2016, 89% of 4-year olds were enrolled in some form of preschool program. Today, there is a multitude of teaching philosophies available to parents, each focusing on a different approach, and offering a different style of learning.

This week we look at some of the philosophies and approaches which have shaped the early learning landscape in Australia.
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