National Quality Framework
being implemented by all Australian Governments started to
take effect from 1 January 2012, and will improve
educator-to-child ratios so that each child gets the
individual time and attention they need.
The National Quality Framework introduces
educator qualification requirements
so educators are better able to lead activities to inspire
children and to help them learn, grow and develop.
Changes to payment options for Child Care Rebate
From 4 July 2011, if you receive Child Care Benefit for
approved child care during the year, the Child Care Rebate
may be paid to you in one of four ways;
Direct to your approved child care service/s
Direct to you
Quarterly payments to you
Annual payment to you
Note: The payment option you have chosen for Child Care
Rebate will be applied for the entire financial year. A new
payment option cannot be applied until the start of the next
CHILDREN who attend day-care centres or
playgroups have a 30 per cent less chance of
developing a life-threatening cancer, a study
Researchers found that children who had regular
contact with their peers and were exposed to a
multitude of infections were more likely to
develop a stronger immune system, helping them
fight the development of the most common form of
childhood cancer, acute lymphoblastic leukaemia.
Educational engagement with children in the very early years
pays off according to one of the world's leading
neurologists, Dr Judy Willis. Dr Willis is a scientist and
former teacher who has written six books about applying the
mind, the brain and educational research in the classroom.
Dr Willis appeared on the
Program from Santa Barbara.
very positive explanation of Family Day Care as a fully
approved, licensed, coordinated, and regulated model of
professional Australian childcare. A
article given the recent uncertainty about the financial
viability of a large corporate childcare operating many centres.
WE'RE working more, playing less, and even
losing sleep - new figures on how Australians use their time
leaves no doubt life is a juggling act.
A report from the Australian Bureau of Statistics shows
people are shaving precious minutes off their time spent
sleeping, exercising and even eating -- with more time going
to commuting, child caring, shopping and
There are a growing
number of websites that
target the post-diaper,
pre-kindergarten set. A
new generation of sites
for preschoolers tout
themselves as offering
educational value and a
experience, with some
charging monthly fees.