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Things to Consider When Returning to Work

How to plan and execute a successful return to work after a period of parental leave including what to expect, how to prepare, child care, work life balance and more.

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Managing Feelings of Mother Guilt

Mother guilt is common among parents leaving their children in care for the first time; this article outlines what to expect and a range of coping strategies.

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Which child care is best?

It is important to compare the pros and cons of the different types of child care.

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What is the best age to start child care?

Information for parents trying to determine the best time to put their child in a child care service for the first time including personality factors to consider.

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How to help your child successfully settle in to child care

Being the new kid on the block can be a daunting experience for young children. To help your tyke get off to a great start, here are some ways to prepare them for life at care.

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How are ECE services responding to COVID-19?

Rapidly changing circumstances around containment measures and the spread of COVID 19 mean it is very important to rely on official sources of information.

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The move towards a fully qualified home-based ECE workforce

As part of it's Early Learning Action Plan, the government is moving towards a fully qualified workforce in home based early education. This article explains the timelines for introduction.

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An introduction to HEI Schools

The Finnish HEI approach makes children active agents in their own learning, learn what else it offers children and families.

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What the Education and Training Act 2020 means for early learning

Learn about the new Education and Training Act 2020, the most significant reform of education legislation in decades, and what it means for children who attend early learning services.


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