Child Care News for Parents & Carers
March 17, 2021
Welcome, this week how early childhood services are managing the surge in gastro numbers over the last months. Also, six really important factors to think about if you are considering a family pet.
How child care centres are managing a spike in gastro outbreaks
It's been over a year since the first confirmed case of COVID-19 in Australia, and since then, we've all learnt a lot about hand hygiene, social distancing and infection control.

At child care, your under five has been taught to wash their hands properly, and educators are experts in the art of keeping surfaces clean. So, it might be surprising to see a spike in gastro outbreaks at child care centres around the country.

Here, we look at the illness that's plaguing early childhood education and care (ECEC), and see what services are doing to manage it.
How to choose the right pet for your family
What Pet Should I Get? isn't just the title of a Dr Seuss book. It's also a question you should consider carefully if you're looking to expand your young family with a furry (or feathered) friend.

Dr Kaylene Jones from the Australian Veterinary Association says, 'Having a family pet can have enormous benefits for the physical and mental wellbeing of children,' but before you hurry home with a puppy or parrot, take the time to choose your pet wisely and introduce them carefully. Here's her expert advice.
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