Child Care News for Parents & Carers
April 29, 2020
Welcome, this week more stories from early childhood centres going above and beyond during the COVID-19 lockdown. Also, how to support your child through separation anxiety (a very normal phase of development) and research on how the brains of parents and babies 'synch' during playtime.
How to reduce separation anxiety for children in care
Although some children embrace child care straightaway and don't look back, it is common for many youngsters to feel separation anxiety when Mummy or Daddy drops them off and disappears out the door.

It's normal for young children to fear being away from their parent, and although it can be hard leaving your reluctant child in care, this is an important part of growing up, becoming more self-sufficient, managing emotions and learning socialisation skills.

Here we look at separation anxiety in more detail and see how you can help your little worrier feel better.
How to get on the same wavelength as your infant
Play is a wonderful way to bond with your baby, and as you're sharing time and toys with your little one, research shows that you're also sharing a brain connection.

Princeton Baby Lab has conducted the first study of how baby and grown-up brains interact during natural play, and they've found that bubs and adults really do get on the same wavelength when they share eye contact, toys, books and songs.

The researchers have established that baby and adult brain activity syncs up during play, with neural activity levels rising and falling at the same times, so let's look at this American study in more detail.
Amazing Early Childhood Services
Chapter 2
Last week we showcased some of the extraordinary efforts early childhood services are making to stay connected with their communities. We were blown away by the number of services going above and beyond to ensure the wellbeing of children, families and staff within their communities.

Here are some more examples of how early childhood services are leading the way:
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