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Child Care Fact Sheets
- What is Child Care Subsidy (CCS)?
- Child Care Subsidy Activity Test
- Child Care Subsidy – Change of circumstance
- Child Care Subsidy Immunisation Requirements
- What is the Additional Child Care Subsidy (Child Wellbeing)?
- What is the Additional Child Care Subsidy (Transition to Work)?
- What is the Additional Child Care Subsidy (Temporary Financial Hardship)?
- What is the Additional Child Care Subsidy (Grandparent)?
- New Child Care Package – Frequently Asked Questions
- Child Care Fee Estimator
Department of Human Services (formerly Family Assistance Office)
The Family Assistance website has been incorporated into the Department of Human Services website www.humanservices.gov.au This site is a convenient, single entry point for health, social and welfare payments and services. Explore the families section which contains information about the payments and services available to support parents with children.
Playgroup is an informal session where mums, dads, grandparents, caregivers, children and babies meet together in a relaxed environment. Playgroups are set up and run by parents and caregivers, with children choosing from a range of activities set up to meet their varying needs. Activities at playgroup are either free or low cost. Playgroup can be held anywhere that is safe for children and where groups of people can meet – community and neighbourhood centres, health clinics, women’s centres and church halls. In a playgroup, parents and caregivers stay to interact with the other adults; and to play with the children. No child is too young for playgroup. All children from 0-5 years, including babies, love new experiences and benefit from developing sensory, social and communication skills through activities at playgroup. https://www.playgroupqld.com.au/
Family Day Care Australia
Family Day Care Australia is a national peak body which supports, enhances and resources family day care services. Their role is to resource and promote family day care services to ensure the strength and continued growth of the sector in Australia. They are a member-based not-for-profit organisation that works on behalf of their members. www.fdca.com.au
Family Day Care Association of Queensland
The Family Day Care Association of Queensland (FDCAQ) has been supporting the child care industry since 1977, playing a significant industry leadership and education role across Queensland, providing support to local services, service users and educators by strengthening networks, providing resources, advice, representation and advocacy, delivering programs and sponsoring services. https://www.fdcqld.org/home
Raising Children Network
The Australian parenting website: comprehensive, practical, expert child health and parenting information and activities covering children aged 0-15 years. https://raisingchildren.net.au/
- Newborn development (0-3 years)
- Babies development (3-12 months)
- Toddler development (1-3 years)
- Preschoolers development (3-5 years)
- School age development (5-8 years)
- Pre-teens development (9-11 years)
- Early Teens development (12-15years)
What is Child Abuse & Neglect
Wynnum Family Day Care & Education Service takes our responsibility to provide a safe and caring environment for all children seriously. We believe that the safety of children is paramount at all times and aims to protect a child’s right to be safe from abuse of any kind. We aim to educate all parties about their roles in child protection and also about signs of abuse and ensure that all requirements of child protection requirements are being met.
The below links provide an overview of child abuse and neglect terminology, including broad definitions of physical abuse, emotional maltreatment, neglect and sexual abuse.
- What is child abuse and neglect
- Responding to children and young people’s disclosures of abuse
- What role can I play?
- Australian legal definitions: When is a child in need of protection?
Child Protection Information Kit for Parents
The Queensland Family and Child Commission (QFCC) partnered with the South West Brisbane Community Legal Service to develop the Information Kit on Child Protection for Parents. The information kit provides information needed to understand and navigate the child protection system. The kit is part of the QFCC’s ongoing efforts to develop resources and information for children and families to better assist them in understanding their rights, the child protection system, and complaints and review options [Download]
Early Years Health and Development
The Early Years Health website has a range of information about children’s social and emotional well-being, children’s development and communication; healthy eating and physical activity; and other health and safety guidelines. https://learningplace.eq.edu.au/cx/resources/file/d1fe14fb-4339-4210-80e7-27637e4e6411/1/portal/index.html
Healthy Eating and Activity for Children
Go for 2 fruit and 5 Veg – The National Go for 2&5™ Campaign was launched to provide families with reliable, practical and consumer friendly information on the importance of healthy eating and physical activity to maintain a healthier lifestyle. Includes a Kids Only activity centre https://www.gofor2and5.com.au/
Get Up and Grow – Provides families with practical information and advice to support healthy eating and encourage physical activity in young children. [Family Book] and [Cooking for Children Book]
Translated versions of the Get Up and Grow are available to [download]
Staying Healthy in Childcare
Staying Healthy in Child Care provides simple and effective methods for minimising the spread of infections for many common childhood diseases encountered in child care organisations and the home.
Released November 2012: 5th Edition https://www.nhmrc.gov.au/_files_nhmrc/publications/attachments/ch55_staying_healthy_childcare_5th_edition_0.pdf
Healthy Start for School
Healthy Start for School was introduced by the government to help make sure that children are healthy, fit and ready to learn when they start school. If you and/or your partner receive an income support payment at any time during the financial year in which your child turns four, your child is required to undergo a relevant health check. If the health check is not completed, part or all of your Family Tax Benefit Part A Supplement for your child will be withheld. https://www.humanservices.gov.au/customer/enablers/centrelink/family-tax-benefit-part-a-part-b/healthy-start-for-school-health-check
Free Activities Guide to Support Children’s Brain Development
The Harvard University Centre on the Developing Child has developed an activities guide for “Enhancing and Practicing Executive Function Skills with Children from Infancy to Adolescence”. Executive function and self-regulation (EF/SR) skills provide critical supports for learning and development, and while we aren’t born with these skills, we are born with the potential to develop them through interactions and practice. This guide describes a variety of activities and games that represent age-appropriate ways for adults to support and strengthen various components of EF/SR in children from infants to teenagers [Download]
Educating Children about Triple Zero
A new teachers guide to help educate young children about how to use the Triple Zero Service has been launched. The guide supports educators to teach children how to identify, react to and report emergencies. https://kids.triplezero.gov.au/index.php?lang=en
Passport to an Amazing Childhood
The Nature Play Queensland’s Passport to an Amazing Childhood” is designed to encourage children and their families to participate in every day outdoor activities and visit iconic parks and places. Children plan missions online and record them in a physical passport, leave the computer behind and get outdoors to complete their mission. Check out the list of 15 things every child should do before they are 12. https://www.natureplayqld.org.au/families/resources-for-parents