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Blubbing good for bubs’ sleep: study

Having a literal ‘cry baby’ may be favourable when it comes to sleep, Flinders University research has found. The study, published in the American journal Pediatrics, showed that infants who wailed themselves to sleep generally slept better than those who ...

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Lessons from the best family day care centres

Being flexible is as good as gold in childcare. That’s the message from a recent report on Australian family day care centres. The UNSW Social Policy Research Centre report Perspectives on Quality in Australian Family Day Care involved interviews with 52 ...

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Educators flunk nutrition test

Did you know that red meat is one of the most iron-rich foods? Half of childcare workers in a recent Queensland University of Technology study didn’t. The 1748 participants scored poorly on knowledge of other nutritional guidelines, too; only 2 ...

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How to rein in little ones who wander

Are you responsible for toddlers on the autism spectrum who tend to go walkabout? Autism advocacy body Amaze has published a guide to dealing with ‘wanderers’. These comprise the vast proportion of kids with autism – who stray, or, as the ...

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National Families Week begins May 15

Gather round your loved ones. National Families Week 2016 starts this Sunday. Planned to begin alongside the United Nations International Day of Families on May 15, the theme this year is ‘stronger families, stronger communities’, to “celebrate the vital role that families play ...

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Indigenous trauma needs tailored response: #IHMayDay16

Yesterday marked #IHMayDay16, or, for non-Tweeters, the fourth-annual national Indigenous Health Day. For the Secretariat of National Aboriginal and Islander Child Care (SNAICC), the notion of trauma was the theme of participation. SNAICC’s main focus is Indigenous-centric childcare services; the group tweeted the following: ...

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