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  • How can you help your child settle into childcare?

    Starting or resuming childcare can be an emotional experience for both you and your child. Children especially can often experience some difficulty settling into a new environment, particularly if they find it hard to separate from family or familiar caregivers. This is part of an information sheet from startingblocks.com.au that offers some suggestions that can help you support your child during the settling in period. You will, of course, need to be patient because they...

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  • Get Up & Grow

    The Get Up & Grow: Healthy Eating and Physical Activity for Early Childhood (Get Up & Grow) resources promote the key messages included in the healthy eating and physical activity guidelines.

    The Families book is available to download following the link below and provides families with practical information and advice to support healthy eating and encourage physical activity in young children.

    HEPA – B5 Book – Family Book_LR

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  • Safe summer tip

    Heatstroke in children can occur without proper hydration or rest. Learn how to recognise heat exhaustion and heat stroke symptoms to keep your child safe.

    Heat-related illness happens when the body’s temperature control system is overloaded. Infants and children up to 4 years of age are at greatest risk. Even young and healthy people can get sick from the heat if they participate in strenuous physical activities during hot weather. For heat-related illness, the best defence...

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  • Screen Free Family Fun

    30 staycation ideas to help stay away from screen time and get your family fun back these holidays.

    There are ideas for all ages to keep them busy during the school holidays. Check out number 30 in case you decide that you want to keep a record of the great ideas you have!

    1. Design a play area like a kid’s kitchen in the backyard

    2. Take a day trip. Look for fun places to go two hours...

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  • Kids Who Do Chores Are More Successful Adults

    Want your kids to grow up to be successful? Make them do chores. When they balk (and trust me: they will probably balk), you can tell them that scientific research supports you.

     

    It sounds great, and it’s true–but there is a catch. (We’ll get to that in a minute.) For now, the science. In the Harvard Grant Study, the longest-running longitudinal study in history, (spanning 75 years and counting–from 1938 to the present), researchers identified two...

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  • Parent Participation

    The parent’s primary influence in their children’s lives is respected and supported by the centre.  It is important that parents are given opportunities to share information about their child, and make decisions about their child’s experiences at the centre in partnership with educators and to be kept informed about their child’s participation and development within the centre.

    The centre aims to provide an environment which makes parents feel welcome to participate in centre experiences and be...

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  • Sun Smart Policy

    All children have the right to experience quality care in an environment which provides for their health and safety. The centre has a duty of care which extends to ensuring that appropriate sun protection policies and practices are implemented to adequately protect children, educators/staff and visitors from ultraviolet radiation from the sun.

    The Cancer Council advises that one out of two Australians will develop some form of skin cancer during their lifetime, with childhood sun exposure...

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  • Education Philosophy

    We believe children learn through play and should be  given the opportunity to experience many self-selected play activities.

    Children learn at their own rate and pass through a series of stages as they develop. This starts with their care-giver – they must be happy and secure in order to play and learn. Recognising this, we offer a rich ‘hands on’ environment, no matter what stage of development your child is at.

    Children are Unique individuals. Our role is...

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  • Nutrition

    Good nutrition is necessary for active growth and development that takes place in early childhood. Good eating habits and a well-balanced diet support children’s health and wellbeing, and minimise the risk of illness.  Good eating habits developed in the early years are likely to have a lifelong influence.

    The Centre understands it has a duty of care to ensure that children’s nutritional needs are met and food is prepared and stored safely within the education and...

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  • Sustainability

    At Billy Lids we believe that a sustainable business is dependent on economic vitality, social equity and a healthy natural environment. We do not see these goals as mutually exclusive, but inextricably linked. As business leaders we are committed to develop sustainable business practices that meet the needs of the present without compromising the welfare of future generations.  We pledge to develop strategies that enable us to move toward sustainability while enhancing the...

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