Child Care News for Parents & Carers
March 10, 2021
Welcome, this week we talk to researcher Associate Professor Hayley Christian about the Play Active Program, which seems to boost activity levels among children in child care. Also, nine super fun and super cheap cardboard craft ideas!
A new program to increase physical activity at child care
As a parent, it might feel like your toddler or preschooler never stops! Under fives are bundles of enthusiasm and energy, but according to research by the Telethon Kids Institute, only a third of children aged two to five are achieving the recommended three or more hours of physical activity per day.

The good news is that there's an opportunity for littlies to amp up their physical activity while at child care, and to help them do this, the Telethon Kids Institute has developed the Play Active Program.

We spoke with its lead researcher, Associate Professor Hayley Christian, to see how early childhood education and care (ECEC) centres can boost children's physical activity levels between drop-off and pick-up.
9 clever cardboard toys to make
If you're looking for an ingenious way to turn an old box into a new toy, then you're not alone.

Pinterest has recorded an 85 per cent year-on-year increase in searches for 'cardboard toys,' and you don't need to be an industrial designer to make something mind-blowing.

Here are 9 clever – and simple – ideas for cardboard creations.
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