Wednesday, 27 October 2010

Kids learn from caring for chicks

Wednesday, 27 October 2010
By Dani Volke
Bayside Bulletin
There”s nothing cuter than a couple of pairs of tiny hands holding a couple of fluffy chickens.
Capalaba”s ABC Childcare Centre preschool children Kai Brooks, 4, and Talana Johnston, 3, have been learning about the birth of baby chicks during the past two weeks.
The Henny Penny Hatching program is an educational program suitable for all ages, which has been running for eight years out of a Logan Village office.It has been set up in at Capalaba”s ABC childcare centre since Monday, October 18.

The first week the children watched the eggs hatch over multiple days and the second week they learnt how to care for the baby chicks.

They were taught what the chicks need to survive – food, water, shelter and warmth. At the end of the program the chicks will be sent to some of the homes of the centre”s families.

Michael, from the preschool class, said when he walks past the pen, the chickens follow him.

“It”s so cute,” he said.

“I like them because you don”t know if they will be yellow or black chicks. Some have brown bits too,” Sophie from preschool class said.


Rule to add $48 to week”s childcare bill

Wednesday, 27 October 2010
By Kirsty Needham, Social Affairs Correspondent
Sydney Morning Herald

CHILDCARE costs could rise by up to $9.62 a day for the youngest children when new rules for staffing ratios are introduced to childcare centres, a report for Community Services NSW says.

The requirement of one staff member

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The industry says the cost of hiring more staff will be passed on to parents or childcare places will be cut by centres unable to afford rising wage bills.

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Fairfield Council confirmed yesterday it would not accept children aged under 2 at its Janice Crosio Early Learning Centre from January. Parents were informed this week.

The council said it had rearranged its childcare services without any implications to fees or quality for parents to “”accommodate the recent government changes in relation to higher staff ratios””.

The president of Childcare NSW, Vicki Skoulogenis, said it was not opposed to the reforms, but the federal government needed to put more money into childcare benefits to pay for it.

She said an Allen Consulting study for the state government estimated the cost of hiring more staff to meet the ratio meant a daily fee rise of $9.62 for each 0- to 2-year-old place.

The report said if centres spread the increased cost across their service, it would mean a fee increase to all parents of $1.34 a day in long daycare, and $2.41 a day in occasional care.


Parents fork out small fortune in child-care fees for first five years

Saturday, 23 October 2010
By Phillip Thomson
The Canberra Times

Sending children to child care for a year can be more expensive up-front than sending them for a Year 12 education at an exclusive private school, an analysis of fees in the ACT shows.
Without factoring in any Federal Government rebates, the cost of child care for a son or daughter can total as much as $100,000 in initial out-of-pocket costs in the five years before they go to school.

And parents” ability to fund future private school education is expected to be reduced more as changes to the child-care industry come into Dane County officials wanted to see if Vivitrol could be effective in treating a particularly important group of opiates drug test addicts: Those who are coming out of jail. play.

Parents sending children to even moderately priced centres can pay about $80 a day or up to $19,200 a year. Depending on parents” income levels, a proportion of this is refunded through Federal Government rebates.

In contrast, the cost of sending a Year 12 student to Canberra Grammar School is $17,200 and less for younger pupils.

Meanwhile, Radford College charges $11,600 for its oldest students.

Canberra mother Jill Bartlett said she no longer had a savings account for her children”s education because her extra cash paid for child care.

Mrs Bartlett was faced with the decision many parents encountered: whether or not it was financially viable for her to return to work and put the kids in child care.

“”I work for Defence and my husband works and we actually don”t have enough spare cash to save for their future education,”” Mrs Bartlett said.

The Mawson mum sends her two children to a not-for-profit centre at Woden two days a week and pays $640 a fortnight.

One non-profit organisation that helps parents save funds for their children”s schooling has figures showing parents now need to save more for a child”s education than 20 years ago.

The general manager of development at Australian Scholarship Group, Frida Kordovoulos, said increases in the cost of schooling had been double the inflation rate over the past 20 years.

“”We”re aware that there will be impacts from the changes in the early-childhood sector,”” Ms Kordovoulos said.

Under the changes to be introduced in the coming years, starting in 2011, the qualifications needed to work in child care will be increased.


Action needed to tackle ‘ticking time bomb’ of overweight children

Wednesday, 27 October 2010
HealthCanal.com

The current generation of overweight children is an ‘obesity time bomb’ just waiting to impact on the National Health Service, according to Florence Mitchell, a lecturer in Nursing at Queen’s University.

Ms Mitchell was speaking ahead of the international Taking Action on Childhood Obesity event which is being hosted by the Queen’s School of Nursing and Midwifery, and Queen’s Improving Children’s Lives initiative, on 11 November in the University’s Whitla Hall.

Leading obesity and childcare experts from across the world will descend on Queen’s to learn how research and best practice can be used to tackle this major public health concern.

Florence Mitchell said: “Over the last few decades there has been a worldwide increase in obesity. At a young age it is linked to immediate health risks such as asthma and type 2 diabetes, and there are longer-term health risks, including increased middle-age mortality and morbidity.

“With childhood obesity we have a ticking time bomb in our society. In light of recent cuts, and at a time of increasing financial pressure on the National Health Service, this can no longer be ignored by Government and wider society. Our politicians and health service managers must act now to tackle this problem at its root cause, or we will all share the pain in future years, with increased demand for services.

“I would urge anyone with an interest in this area to register for this vital event.”

The event will be opened by Dr Carolyn Harper, Director of Public Health for Northern Ireland. In her recent Annual Report she highlighted a number of Public Health programmes available in Northern Ireland to tackle obesity issues.

Speakers attending the event include Doctor Laura Stewart of Edinburgh’s Children’s Weight Clinic. She believes children ‘just have to eat less’ and that children should never be put on a diet, but instead be educated and supported in achieving a healthy lifestyle. She will look at how families must make lifestyle changes to tackle this growing epidemic.

Professor Paul Gately from Carnegie Weight Management, whose work has helped over 5,000 young people lose weight, will speak on the importance of public health and childcare professionals working together to tackle the problem.

And Dr Laura McGowan, a chartered psychologist from University College London who is currently working in the field of obesity prevention with families with young children, will discuss how psychology can help tackle childhood obesity. She will outline some promising interventions in this area.

Professor Peter Bundred, a leading academic in the field of the epidemiology of childhood obesity, and a former Senior Lecturer in Primary Care at the University of Liverpool, will argue that the epidemic is not necessarily caused by genetics, but by children’s behaviours and their environment. He said: “The increase of both carbohydrates and fats in children’s diets is a major factor in childhood obesity.

“Children take less exercise. Families are increasingly reliant on cars, and there are fewer facilities where children can play safely – so they tend to watch TV instead. Put simply their energy intake

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The Taking Action on Childhood Obesity event is open to anyone working in related sectors and registration is now open.

Further details are available online at www.qub.ac.uk/sites/childhoodobesityconference or by emailing childhoodobesityconference@qub.ac.uk

The closing date for registration is 3.00pm on Wednesday 10 November.


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