Child Care News for Parents & Carers
March 28, 2018
Welcome, this week a 30-year study has shown that children who participated in a high quality early childhood were more likely to receive a tertiary qualification and 7 essential life skills your child needs to know. Plus we have 10 fun activities for you to try with your child/ren this Easter weekend.
High quality early childhood education may lead to tertiary success
If you sometimes feel guilty about leaving your child in their early childhood service, don't! A new longitudinal study out of the USA has shown that children who attended a high quality early childhood program were more likely to receive a tertiary qualification in later life.

The study, funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) showed that children who participated in an intensive education program from preschool through to year three were more likely to achieve a tertiary qualification than children who did not.
7 life skills that will help your child succeed
Did you know that reading a book teaches children perspective-taking? Or that a game of hide-and-seek teaches them critical thinking? Well, when it comes to life skills, it is possible to combine important teachings with fun and games.

Here we look at the ways you can develop your child's life skills through day-to-day activities. First, though, let's see what life skills are essential for kids to learn.
Easter craft ideas
Everyone likes Easter, a couple of days off work and plenty of chocolate for all…what's not to love? Easter is also laden with symbols and motifs, which make great craft projects: eggs, bunnies, chicks, there's something to pique the interest of even the most 'un-crafty' children.

We've sorted through the resources and curated 10 fun activities for you to try with your child/ren this Easter weekend. Happy crafting!

Cotton bud painting Suitable for all ages, this activity is quick and easy and won't drain your craft supplies.

Ribbon eggs You'll need an egg template and plenty of brightly coloured ribbons for this project, which is great for developing fine motor skills.

Bubble wrap eggs Another egg activity, this one with bubble wrap, which creates an interesting texture and is irresistibly poppable!

Tape-resist eggs This activity would work on any piece of paper and can be scaled in complexity to suit children of all ages.

Easter trees If you fancy a collaborative activity then why not try this lovely colourful 'Easter tree'.

Wet chalk tape-resist eggs Another tape resist activity, this one mixes the tape with the interesting consistency of wet chalk.

Bunny banners Use a simple template to create a banner of Easter bunnies, which you can hang on the walls.

Bunny ears These crowns are the perfect solution to the Easter hat parade.

Bunny masks Use paper plates as the basis for these sweet and slightly cheeky bunny masks. Younger children may need assistance with some of the elements.

Cotton ball bunnies Use squishy cotton balls to create these adorable soft Easter bunnies.

These craft ideas were originally sourced on No Time for Flash Cards, Hands on as we Grow, The Chaos and the Clutter, House of Burke, Mom to 2 Posh Lil Divas, Toddler Approved and Kidspot.
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