Child Care News for Parents & Carers
March 18, 2020
Welcome, this week everything you need to know about the new star rating system for early childhood services in NSW, and six gorgeous new picture books to freshen up your bookshelf and where to go for reliable information on COVID-19.
A new quality rating system for NSW child care centres
Every parent wants the best for their child, and when it comes to early education and care, the NSW government is making it easy for families to judge a service by its star rating.

From 1 July, 2020 all child care providers in NSW will be required to display their National Quality Standard (NQS) rating in a colourful four-star format.

Here, we explore the rating system in more detail and see how you can reach for the stars when choosing child care.
6 brand-new picture books to read and share
Picture books are a wonderful part of childhood. These carefully crafted and beautifully illustrated reads engage young minds, provide bonding experiences with parents and carers, and support youngsters' development in several key ways.

According to Raising Children Australia, reading and sharing stories can:
  • Help your child learn sounds, words and language, and develop early literacy skills
  • Spark their imagination and stimulate curiosity
  • Support the development of cognitive, social and communication skills
  • Teach them to value stories and books
  • Help your child learn the difference between 'real' and 'make-believe'
  • Encourage an understanding of change, new events or scary events, and the emotions that go with these situations
COVID-19 Information for Parents
The rapidly changing circumstances around the spread and containment efforts of the novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) mean the best sources of information for families with children in early learning services are the regularly updated bulletins coming from government sources.
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