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The ABC of Child Care: Z is for …

Zzzzz... Rest and SleepSleep and rest needs are individual to each child and, regardless of age or developmental stage, sleep requirements vary from child to child. When choosing a child care centre, questions about sleep and rest are also many and varied depending upon the values, cultural and … [Read more...]

The ABC of Child Care: Y is for …

Your expectations and feelings about your child going into careBefore choosing a centre think carefully about your own expectations of child care. Of all of the elements we have examined in this series, which are most important to you? What won’t you be prepared to compromise on? Centres you … [Read more...]

The ABC of Child Care: X is for …

... eXcursions and incursionsOne way for child care centres to extend the interests and learning experience of the children is by taking them out of the centre on excursions or involving them in incursions - where visiting specialists come to the centre to spend time sharing their knowledge with … [Read more...]

The ABC of Child Care: W is for…

...the Whole ChildEach child is an individual with unique interests and abilities, strengths and weaknesses. It is therefore important that the child care learning program provides a place for all children to learn, across all areas of their development. It should be clear to parents how a centre … [Read more...]

The ABC of Child Care: V is for…

V is for ... VISIONA high quality child care centre will maintain a very clear philosophy that communicates the beliefs about children and families, the role of staff and the style of early education program. It will provide a strong, defined vision which will guide the daily practices and … [Read more...]

The ABC of Child Care: U is for…

U is for Under 2'sThere is no denying that babies and toddlers have their own unique outlook on the world, mostly thanks to the rapid development taking place in those first years of life. It is important therefore that child care centres have in place clear policies and practices developed to … [Read more...]

The ABC of Child Care: T is for…

T is for ....the Team!When choosing a child care centre be sure to enquire about the management structure of the centre, from an administration level right through to a classroom level. Consider;Who owns the centre? In Australia, most child care centres are owned and managed by local government, a … [Read more...]

The ABC of Child Care: S is for…

S is for SupervisionChild care centres have a duty of care to create a safe environment for children and their families. When it comes to young children, effective supervision is essential to maintaining a safe place to play and learn. Supervision, as it applies to safety within childcare, should … [Read more...]