Child Care News for Parents & Carers
April 15, 2020
Welcome, this week learn about our support for frontline workers struggling to find child care. Also, the benefits of mixed-age groups and how to support your child to take more risks.
Are you providing an essential service?
Essential service providers struggling to find child care due to public health closures, or other COVID-19 related reasons, are encouraged to contact us for support.

As a token of our appreciation and in recognition of the important work you are doing, is offering a complimentary Vacancy Alert Pro subscription to any essential support provider who needs to find child care to continue working.

Vacancy Alert Pro can quickly help parents source child care when and where they need it, via real time texts from preferred child care services with vacancies.

For those of you who need in-home care, we will work with our agency partners to identify a solution which best meets the needs of your family.

Contact us to learn more, our team is ready and waiting to hear from you.
The benefits of mixed-age grouping at child care
Variety is the spice of life, and when it comes to early childhood education and care, a mix of ages can be a very good thing.

Instead of keeping younger and older children separate, mixed-age grouping (or family grouping) brings different ages together, so let's look at the practicalities and benefits of this approach.
How parents can support young children's risky play
It's the job of parents to raise, nourish and nurture our children, but while we're busy protecting our little ones from serious injuries and educating them about possible dangers, it's also important to give them room to spread their wings.

There's much to be gained when children get out of their comfort zone, embrace their growing independence and experience cause and effect first-hand; and although there may be some bumps along the way, many parents feel that the benefits of risky play outweigh the potential risk of harm.

Around the world, there has been a rise in the popularity of forest schools, where under fives are given opportunities to wield whittling knives, light fires and play in all kinds of weather. And close to home, lots of parents are encouraging youngsters to climb higher, spin faster and launch into risky endeavours for the good of their mental and physical development.

Here we look at the benefits of risky play in early childhood, and see how parents and care-givers can support under fives in taking calculated risks.
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