Health, Wellbeing & Nutrition
Children have a lower resistance to germs, are more susceptible to illness, and as temperatures cool over winter, viruses often stick around for longer.
Child care services and illness go hand-in-hand, this article offers pointers to help parents keep their child healthy and prevent the spread of germs.
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.
How vaccination rules apply in child care and how the government encourages families to immunise.
How to deal with separation anxiety including tips and tricks to help parents and children cope on the first day of child care and in the longer term.
Strategies for finding and securing high quality child care services for children with additional or special needs and what to look out for when choosing care.
Whether they are directly involved or feel the shockwaves reverberating in their community, young children can be strongly affected by traumatic events.
Free health and dental checks are available from birth to school age and info on other support offered to young children and their parents.
Most parents can spot a gunky eye or a grazed knee from a mile off, but when it comes to a youngster's mental health, it seems that many mums and dads are in the dark.
An overview of bullying in child care settings; includes the types of bullying, what to do about it and how to develop an age-appropriate anti-bullying policy.
Why sweet rewards aren't good for growing bodies, or even grown ones, for that matter.
Nutrition is an important factor when choosing an early childhood service, this article offers suggestions on what to look out for.
Raising children to be respectful and responsible people, who are capable of sharing, caring and making positive contributions to our world.
Stress reduction and relaxation strategies for families and educators to try when children seem to be overwhelmed and or stressed in a child care setting.
A parent guide to reduce the risk of children developing skin cancer in later life, which suggests simple sun smart measures which can be practiced at home and in care.
Biting is common among children in child care, this article explains the reasons why children bite and suggests some techniques to try and stop a child from biting.
Head lice and nits are common in child care services, this article outlines tried and tested methods for treating and preventing nits and lice.
Child care for kids with anaphylaxis: How to keep your anaphylactic child safe in child care and how early childhood providers deal with severe allergies.
A comprehensive resource to help parents keep their children healthy while they are in child care; covers hygiene, nutrition, bites, bullying, nits and more.
What to do with your sick child when you have to go to work including emergency and back up care options and why it’s important to have a plan!
Siblings of children with autism may be less likely to receive the same diagnosis if there is a 30-39 month gap between pregnancies.
5 reasons to ditch the shoes and go bare feet this summer.
All about container baby syndrome and how to keep your infant safe and well.
13 nutrients that are essential for the health and wellbeing of children along with sources and recommended serving sizes.
The symptoms of appendicitis and research about treatment in NZ.
Tried and tested strategies for working with your provider to keep your allergic child safe and well while in child care.
Tried and tested strategies for banishing head lice and nits.
Research shows that a happy personality doesn’t necessarily safeguard children against mental health problems in later life.
The Ministry of Health’s revised guidelines for pregnant and breastfeeding women aim to ensure optimal health and wellbeing for mums and bubs.
Growing up in NZ, research shows many Kiwi families are struggling to put healthy food on the table for their under-fives and explains what support is available.
Alert Levels under COVID-19 and how they impact early learning services, including when services must close and when children can attend.
New national guidelines for tongue-tie provide concise and consistent instructions for identifying, assessing, diagnosing and treating tongue-tie in babies.
Save The Children research shows how kiwi parents view discipline and how positive parenting practices can be used to address challenging behaviour at home and child care.
Steps early education services must take to keep young children safe from food related choking.
Psychologist and author of Smart Mothering Dr Natalie Flynn explains how to stay calm and connected as we raise our children, nourish our relationships and look after ourselves.
How parents can support their child’s mental health and emotional wellbeing to build resilience in the early years and beyond.
New research from Canada has shown that boys who start child care early may be more likely to finish high school and be financially successful.
Early childhood services are a supportive and nurturing environment for preschool-aged children to learn about kindness and respect.
Children thrive in consistent, predictable environments and with strong routines. This article explains how to streamline routines across home and child care.
The National Emergency Management Agency Te Rakau Whakamarumaru explains how families can plan and prepare for a natural disaster and how to get involved in ShakeOut.
Educators are at the frontline when it comes to picking up delays among children. Learn the warning signs and what to do if there is an issue.
7 simple steps to cleaning your child’s car seat and offers suggestions for keeping it clean moving forward.
Seven foods which cause the most damage to children’s teeth and what you can do to support your child to develop good dental health habits from a young age.
The top ten illnesses that keep children from attending child care and why exclusion policies are so important. Also the three main ways parents can prevent children from becoming unwell.
Strategies for keeping young children safe around fire and heat sources over the cooler months of winter. Including references and resources for future reading.
Red Nose day is the biggest fundraising campaign for Cure Kids, NZ’s leading child health research charity. This article explains how to get involved in this worthwhile cause.
Research has shown that the terrible twos may not be an inevitable development stage and that parenting style can influence toddler behaviour.
Learn how to boost your child’s natural immunity and keep them well over the winter months while they are in care.
5 ways parents can help children manage their stress along with simple activity ideas that can be easily implemented.
Risky play at home and how you can support your child to safely leave their comfort zone.
The importance of good sleep at child care and beyond.
Research has shown that the brain waves of babies and their parents synch up during play time helping to establish bonds between children and their care givers.
Six ideas for educators to support children to develop and practice acts of kindness and compassion.
Rapidly changing circumstances around containment measures and the spread of COVID 19 mean it is very important to rely on official sources of information.
How educators support children to develop social and emotional competence in child care.
Learn how to reduce the risk of children choking and how to encourage safe behaviour.
COVID-19 Information for Parents.
Strategies for easing separation anxiety and settling children into care.
The signs of hand, foot and mouth disease, one of the most common vital infections for children in early childhood.
Supporting parents concerned about the spread of COVID-19 in schools and early learning centres.
ShakeOut the national earthquake drill and tsunami hikoi teaches all New Zealanders what to do when a natural disaster strikes.
Making the case for fresh fruit over dried…despite what your children prefer!
There's nothing fun about gastroenteritis and it can spread like wildfire when hygiene standards slip.
How bullying in the early years erodes confidence and self-esteem, and how to identify the signs of bullying and work together to stop this behaviour.
Protected Together #Immunise' – is particularly pertinent in light of a recent measles outbreak in the Canterbury district.
The role of comfort objects in supporting babies and children as they rest, play and grow; how these well-loved items become part of the family.
It's important for babies, toddlers and preschoolers to be busy, but the big question is - how active and how rested should under-fives be?