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Posts from the category: Child Care

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...]

The ABC of Child Care: R is for…

R is for... RoutineRoutines are important to young children and I have written reasons why on a previous post, Finding Our Rhythm. Child care centres should maintain well defined, but flexible, routines which are adjusted according to the age, development and needs of children within the group … [Read more...]

The ABC of Child Care: Q is for…

Q is for Qualifications When you ask the Director of a child care centre, “Are the staff in the room qualified?” what do you expect ‘qualified’ to mean? A university degree? A TAFE diploma? A certificate from TAFE? All of these could be construed as ‘qualified,’ they are all a qualification, … [Read more...]

The ABC of Child Care: P is for…

P is for PlaygroundThe physical environment of a child care centre is more than just a place where children play. The popular early learning philosophy of Reggio Emilia describes the physical environment as the “third” teacher (the first two being the parents and educators). A child’s ability … [Read more...]

The ABC of Child Care: O is for…

O is for OrientationIn choosing a child care centre it is good to discuss with staff their suggested strategies for best orientating your child into the new environment. Some children come to child care with very few experiences of being cared for by anyone other than a parent and so it is only … [Read more...]