Child Care News for Parents & Carers
February 5, 2020
Welcome, this week how to prevent stress and anxiety at drop off time, a special contribution by Sabrina Rogers-Anderson. An interview with children's author Heath McKenzie, plus your chance to win Heath's newest book as well as updated information on the novel coronavirus.
How to end drop off drama
This article was written By Sabrina Rogers-Anderson and is reproduced with kind permission from Greenwood Early Education Centre.

My three-year-old twins only recently settled into their new early learning centre after clinging to me and crying at every drop-off for a couple of months.

They've been going to child care since they were 15 months old, so it wasn't a brand-new situation. But a series of unexpected events – sickness, holidays and an operation – prevented them from establishing a predictable routine at their new centre that made them feel safe and secure.

When we were finally able to send them for their full three days a week without any interruptions, their educators helped me create a smooth drop-off routine. They now wave happily and yell, "Bye, Mum!" as I leave.
An interview with author and illustrator Heath McKenzie
Heath McKenzie puts the pictures in picture books.

He's illustrated countless titles for children and has worked with some of Australia's best-known authors, including Andy Lee and Anh Do, but his talents don't stop there! Heath has also written a number of stories, and his brand-new picture book, Zoo School is available now.

The creative dynamo took time out from his wild schedule to explain how he brings his funny, playful characters to life.
Novel coronavirus – Information for Parents
News reports about the rapid spread of the novel coronavirus are impossible to ignore and a potential cause of anxiety for many parents and carers with children in schools and early learning centres.

Current guidance from the Department of Health has this advice for parents:
  • If your child has travelled to Hubei Province, China within the past 14 days, you should isolate them in your home for 14 days after leaving Hubei Province and if your child has been in close contact with a confirmed case of novel coronavirus, you should isolate them in your home for 14 days after last contact with the confirmed case.
  • Children in these circumstances are not to attend schools or early childhood centres and should not engage with other students.
  • If your child develops symptoms within 14 days of leaving Hubei Province or within 14 days of last contact with the confirmed case, you should arrange for them to see their usual doctor for urgent assessment.
Telephone the health clinic or hospital before they arrive and tell them of their travel history or that they have been in contact with a confirmed case of novel coronavirus. Their doctor will liaise with Public Health authorities to manage their care. Children must then remain isolated either in your home or a healthcare setting until Public Health authorities inform you it is safe for them to return to their usual activities.
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