Tag Archives: Child care
How do you engage with babies and toddlers? Ever think about putting a baby in a bouncy seat which has an iPad attachment so they can watch videos or specially downloaded “apptivities”. What about toilet training children on an iPotty which has an iPad stand attached? Products like these are marketed as “educational”. However, parents and teachers who think these products are giving children a” head … read more
What do you do if a child at your Service has head lice (they’re the adult insects) or nits (eggs)? Staying Healthy Preventing infectious diseases in early childhood education and care services says there is no need to send the child home immediately head lice are detected, and that children can return to the Service the day after head lice are detected if they are being … read more
How many of the children at your service live in an apartment or townhouse with limited space outside for play and physical activity? Modern urban living often involves higher density housing with limited areas for children to actively explore their environment.
How often do you have parents complaining that they have to authorise the use of nappy creams? Have you ever wondered whether a nappy cream or product is considered to be a medication in the Education and Care Regulations? Is medication actually defined in the Regulations?
How many children are fully immunised at your education and care service? All of them? Most of them? Do you think the recent push by several States to ensure all children are fully immunised when they enter a Children’s Service will increase vaccination rates?
Quality Area 6 relates to collaborative partnerships with families and communities, but what does it mean to collaborate and how do we collaborate effectively.
We often get asked what services must include in their first aid kits. The education and care regulations are not specific. They just say the kits must be suitably equipped but don’t prescribe what they should contain. This is because the first aid needs of each service are likely to differ.
Safety is a critical issue for any childcare service. For family day carers there are likely to be extra safety matters to consider in and around the home. These matters may be in addition to the extra regulations covering things like safety glass and water hazards. The “Family Day Care Safety Guidelines” booklet published by Kidsafe NSW and has loads of information on many things including … read more
Family Day Care is perhaps the fastest growing sector of childrens’ services. August 2012 figures from the Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations show that the number of children using family day care and in home care services jumped 7% over the last 12 months.