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KidsMatter Early Childhood

KidsMatter Early Childhood
KidsMatter Early Childhood works with early childhood education and care services to support the mental health and wellbeing of young children, their families and early childhood educators using a promotion, prevention and early intervention framework. Learn more. Introducing KidsMatter Early Childhood: Accessible Media Player by Nomensa The timeline slider below uses WAI ARIA. Please use the documentation for your screen reader to find out more.

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National Law Home Introducing the National Quality Framework The National Quality Standard National Law and Regulations "What's Up, Croc?" Children and young people are often denied their rights. Sometimes we don't know what our rights are and what to do if they are violated. This website is about the Convention on the Rights of the Child (CROC). CROC is a United Nations (UN) declaration that Australia signed up to in December 1990. It represents a set of rights that nearly every government in the world has agreed that all children are entitled to. To have a look briefly at what CROC covers check out the summary of CROC.

Healthy Eating Advice for Early Childhood Services Page Content Early childhood services can now access practical healthy eating advice from the Victorian Healthy Eating Advisory Service. The Healthy Eating Advisory Service offers telephone and email advice, menu assessments and planning resources, advice on promoting healthier options, information and resources on healthy food and drink options, recipes and training. It also offers workshops for staff including cooks, management, educators and health professionals who work with these services. The service, which is a joint initiative of the Department and the Department of Health, aims to support staff and management to provide healthy food and drinks to give children the best start in life.

Interpreting & Translation - Community Relations Commission Language Services unit provides comprehensive interpreting and translation services in 106 languages and dialects, including Auslan. Our services are available to all New South Wales Government departments and agencies, as well as private and commercial organisations, community groups and individuals. Our professional interpreters and translators play a vital role in achieving our mission. The provision of linguistic services through the Commission is part of the New South Wales Government's commitment to ensuring the full, fair and equal participation of all people in programs, services and processes, and enables the New South Wales' Public Service to achieve community participation by breaking down barriers. Interpreting We offer onsite interpreting in a wide range of areas including legal matters, police investigation, community interviews, licence testing, educational and health situations, workshops and seminars, as well as individual or client-group interviews.

Rights of the Child Posters Children's Week is a time to promote awareness of Children’s Rights as proclaimed in 1954 by the United Nations, and a suite of posters has been developed to celebrate our children. In 2012 Meerilinga were excited to partner with WA artist Kerry Anne Jordinson, to develop the third poster in the series, entitled 'A Child's Right to Speak'. Kerry Anne will again provide artwork for the next poster in the series 'A Child's Right to be Safe'. The new poster will be launched on Wednesday 23rd October 2013, Universal Children's Day at the Children's Week Award Ceremony. To buy one or all of these beautiful laminated A3 posters please visit our shop.

Victorian Prevention Strategy 2011-2015 Through the Victorian Healthy Eating Enterprise, the government is undertaking a range of activities to promote healthy lifestyles and tackle obesity in Victoria. This includes the state wide Victorian Healthy Eating Advisory Service (VHEAS), which provides healthy eating advice for early childhood education and care services (ECS), primary and secondary schools, hospitals and workplaces, and the Victorian Prevention and Health Promotion Achievement Program (VPHPAP). Nutrition Australia is leading the delivery of the VHEAS. The service is funded by the State Government of Victoria and the Australian Government and currently includes:

Triple P – Positive parenting program and support Home » Triple P positive parenting program “The Triple P program is not telling us how to be a parent; it’s giving us the tools to be better at it.” Louise, mum of two. Kids don’t come with an instruction manual. Whether you’re a mum, dad, single parent family, step parenting or a carer – the Triple P positive parenting program can help you with a specific problem, or provide tips on parenting and help with understanding your child’s development and behaviour. The Triple P positive parenting program is for parents with children aged 3–8 years.

How to Use Positive Parenting Discipline has nothing to do with punishment. Punishment is imposing something unpleasant on a person in response to behavior deemed wrong by the punisher. Discipline comes from the Latin verb to teach or guide, as does the word Disciple. Education and Care Services SIDS and Kids Infant Safe Sleeping Child Care Kit The new SIDS and Kids Infant Safe Sleeping Child Care Kit was released in June 2013. The kit has been revised for two main reasons: To include information from the new SIDS and Kids Safe Sleeping campaign that was launched in May 2012.

Caring for children The Australian parenting website: comprehensive, practical, expert child health and parenting information and activities covering children aged 0-8 years. Provides essential information and practical tools on child health, safety, nutrition, learning, parental wellbeing, family management and children's activities. Raising Children Network (Australia) Limited iPhone, iPod touch, iPad and Android - Australian parents and guardians can easily collect and store important information about their child to send to police if their child goes missing. Australian Federal Police

What's Wrong with Timeouts? Parenting "experts" these days are united in their opposition to physical punishment, which research repeatedly shows hinders kids' moral and emotional (and maybe even intellectual) development. (If you have questions about this, please see this article on spanking.) But of course, that leaves the very real question of how parents can guide a two, three or four year old, who may have no interest in following our rules! Most experts advise parents to use Timeouts. But any child can explain to you that timeouts ARE punishment, not any different than when you were made to stand in the corner as a child. And any time you punish a child, you make him feel worse about himself.

Welcome to Dinovember — Thoughts on creativity Every year, my wife and I devote the month of November to convincing our children that, while they sleep, their plastic dinosaur figures come to life. It began modestly enough. The kids woke up to discover that the dinosaurs had gotten into a box of cereal and made a mess on the kitchen table. The next morning, the dinos had climbed onto the kitchen counter to raid the fruit bowl. The morning after that, they had managed to breach the refrigerator and help themselves to a carton of eggs. “Uh-oh,” we heard our girls whisper.

Useful Links to Families Australian Early Development Index The Australian Early Development Index (AEDI) is a population measure of children’s development in communities across Australia. It provides a national picture of children’s health and development with results that identify strengths in the community as well as what can be improved. DEEWR and state and territory governments are working with the Centre for Community Child Health and the Telethon Institute for Child Health Research to deliver the AEDI. Taranaki kindergarten issues 'gun licences' At Stratford's Avon Kindergarten kids can pick up a "gun" and shoot a possum any time they want - if they have a licence. Head teacher Lynsi Latham-Saunders has introduced the gun-use policy after some of the 3- to 5-year-olds began using sticks as guns and pointing them at each other. "They were using guns for what they see guns used for on cartoons and television. Children weren't too keen on guns being pushed in their faces," she said.