Child Care News for Parents & Carers
November 25, 2020
Welcome, this week physical literacy and why it is so important in early years settings. Also, STEM themed Christmas gift ideas for the special preschooler in your life!
Happy Holidays from
In a year of unprecedented challenges, when everything has changed, it is helpful to reflect on how lucky we are to be in Australia, relatively safe from the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic internationally.

To all of you in our community thinking about family overseas at this time of the year we wish you the very best and hope you find some joy, despite being separated from your loved ones.

This is our last newsletter for 2020 and we resume in February 2021, with this in mind we thought it might be helpful to do a brief recap of our achievements this year, to demonstrate what we have managed to get done, despite the significant disruptions caused by COVID-19.
  • We proudly showcased and celebrated the extraordinary efforts made by early childhood services to support families during the COVID-19 imposed lockdown which saw many of us trying to balance the competing challenges of work with home-schooling.
  • We redesigned our home page, consolidating our identity as the number one destination for families seeking care, and to improve access to our interactive tools and information resources.
  • We developed a dedicated hub of COVID-19 resources for all our community members, which was widely accessed and reinforced the message "we're all in this together."
  • We established a new partnership with ParentTV to deliver a series of parenting webinars for our Care Corporate clients.
While we're looking forward to another busy year in 2021, it is with some relief and a great deal of gratitude that we are putting down our tools for 2020 and looking forward to a break.

We wish all of you a happy and peaceful holiday and look forward to seeing you in the New Year.

Best wishes,

Roxanne, Mark and the team at®
The benefits of physical literacy in the child care setting
Early childhood education and care (ECEC) provides endless opportunities for under-fives to run, jump, skip, crawl, dance, climb and hop, and these muscle movements aren’t just fun and games.

A new Australian study has confirmed that the implementation of a structured physical literacy curriculum in the ECEC setting can improve children's physical, psychological, social and cognitive abilities.

The Active Early Learning (AEL) project found that a structured physical literacy curriculum has significant benefits for a preschooler's vocabulary and impulse control, as well as their motor skill development, so let's look at the AEL project, and its curriculum, in more detail.
The best STEM toys for Christmas
Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths are all wrapped up in STEM learning, and although these subjects might sound a little serious for the festive season, your child will have stacks of fun with a STEM toy.

Live Science says that a quality STEM toy will keep your child's attention as they, ‘Build, play, experiment and build again – in an endless array of variations,' and along the way, they'll develop skills that are valuable this Christmas and in all the years to come.
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