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Tips on helping little ones keep clean, and stay healthy

Children and cleanliness can sometimes seem like they are on the opposite edge of a great polar divide. Teaching little ones to clean up, and stay clean, can be a challenge, however we have a few tips that teachers, carers and parents can try, at home, or at preschool and childcare. Storage matters Asking children to put toys, books and other playthings away is that much easier if they have a dedicated spot. You don’t need to spend a fortune on solid wooden cupboards or designer wardrobes, simply think plastic boxes in a range of sizes. They’re generally pretty cheap, and they can look a treat in a row of white or bright colours (that kids will love). While toy boxes are a traditional and practical option, just be careful that you buy only a style that meets the Australian Government’s safety guidelines, as a heavy lid can pose a danger to a child, if they are caught inside. Make a point to visit the Australian Government’s Product Safety Australia website for up to date information. M

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Hygiene in Child Care Centres

As the number of young children attending day care and early learning centres increases, good hygiene practices are becoming more important than ever. With so many children gathered in close proximity, care facilities can become a breeding ground for germs if strict hygiene standards are not maintained. If you own or manage a day care or early learning centre, you would be well aware of the government guidelines and regulations regarding hygiene, but with large numbers of children coming and going it can be difficult to keep everything spotless all of the time. This is why it is important to consider employing a professional child care cleaner for Sydney, Melbourne and other areas, so your centre is as hygienic as possible for the children in your care. What to look for in a child care cleaning service Professionalism and experience are a must, so check how long the business has been up and running, and take some time to check out customer testimonials. Communication options are very i

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Tired of Cleaning? How about these Mess-free Kids Activities

Kids love nothing better than making a mess. It’s part of exploring the amazing world around them. Messy painting, sand pits, crafts, crayons and play dough are all great ways to help children explore their creativity. Now and again you might be yearning for something where you don’t need to clean up afterwards, however, which is why these classic activities should never be underestimated. Not only are reading, music and dancing a vital part of children’s education, they are great way to keep children amused, with little or nothing to clean-up afterwards! Story time Reading is an important part of every child’s development. It can take a while for children to learn to focus on a book, but it’s essential to regularly share stories and images with them, even if they don’t always remain riveted (that generally comes later!) Scheduling a daily book time or story time is a simple and effective way to open children up to the wonderful world of books, and all it takes is a great book! The key

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Finding a Cleaner Doesn’t Have to Be Hard: Read These 9 Top Tips to See How

So you’ve decided it’s time to hire a professional cleaner – but how do you go about finding the right one? We all want a cleaner who is trustworthy, experienced, knows exactly what we want, and knows how to get the job done. Here are some tips to help you secure a cleaner who ticks all the boxes. Have a clear idea of what you’re after. Before you start making phone calls, ensure you have a clear idea of your cleaning needs and expectations. What are your top priorities? What specific cleaning jobs need doing, and how often do they need to be done? Professional cleaners will often specialise in specific settings and environments, such as offices, kindergartens, schools, industrial settings or household/domestic settings. A professional childcare cleaner, for example, will have experience and expertise in maintaining a safe and hygienic space for young children. They will have a thorough knowledge of all the cleaning “hot spots” that exist in children’s environments, and be up to speed

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How Hygiene Can Help Combat Allergies In Spring

Spring is here! The birds are in song, the days are getting longer, the air is getting warmer – and air-borne allergens are having a field day. As wonderful as it is, Spring is also peak allergy season – wreaking havoc on eyes, ears, noses and throats around the country. Let’s discuss how you can keep your childcare centre on track to combat allergies this Spring season. Springtime allergies: Seasonal allergic rhinitis, more commonly known as hay fever, affects about 1 in 5 Australians, and is widespread in the spring, early summer, and autumn months. It is caused by an allergic reaction to small airborne particles such as pollens from newly flowering trees, grasses and weeds, as well as mould and fungi spores that may have been dormant in the cooler months. Symptoms of allergic rhinitis can include: An itchy and irritated nose, ear canal, soft palate, eyes and skin. Watery, bloodshot eyes. Eyes may also be puffy and sensitive to the touch. A clear, runny discharge from a stuffy nose.

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How to prepare your child for changing day care centres

It’s no secret small children are not particularly fond of change but it’s also an inevitable part of life. The world in which we live is a transient one – we don’t stay in the same cities we were born in and often work and family commitments will see us having to relocate. So, if you find yourself in the situation where you need to switch day care centres for your child, it’s best to be as prepared as possible to combat the obstacles this major modification to their routine will bring. Here’s some tips and tricks to make the transition from one day care centre to another as stress free as possible: Employ a gradual approach Arrange for your child to have visited the new day care centre two or three times before their first official day. Some centres will offer brief play dates with Mum or Dad present while your child begins to acquaint themselves with these new surrounds, as well as longer timeframes where you can leave your child at the centre without you for an hour or two.  This gr

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Opening your own day care – what you need to consider

If you are currently working as an early childhood educator in a day care centre, kindergarten or preschool, you know that quality childcare and early education services can make a genuine, positive difference in the lives of kids and families. With the demand for childcare places steadily increasing, you may have even entertained thoughts about branching out and opening your own centre. Starting or buying a childcare business is a big investment, and there are a lot of regulations, government policies and requirements you need to get familiar with before you get started.  Whether you are thinking about starting a small home-based operation, or a large commercial centre, here are a few things to consider. What kind of service can you provide? Think about your existing skills and experience and the kind of childcare service you would like to offer. Long Day Care (LDC) is a centre-based form of childcare. LDC services provide all-day or part-time care. Family Day Care (FDC) providers off

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Why you need a professional kindergarten cleaning service

Anyone who works with kids knows how difficult it can be to clean up after them. Child care centres, preschools and kindergartens are wonderful places of learning, creativity and fun, but they are also some of the toughest places to keep clean and tidy. Most importantly, dirty toys, bedding, eating utensils and surfaces are breeding grounds for germs and infectious diseases, so it is vital that high standards of cleanliness and hygiene are maintained at all times. How a professional cleaner can help: Hiring a professional kindergarten or daycare cleaning service is one of the best things you can do to ensure a consistently clean, hygienic and safe environment for the kids, staff and family members who attend your facility. Here are a few reasons to hire a professional cleaner: They help prevent the spread of infectious diseases: Good hygiene and thorough cleaning practices in childcare centres and kindergartens are essential for minimising the spread of harmful microorganisms, viruses

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Dropping your child to day care for the first time

The first time you drop your child off at day care can be a daunting experience. Not just for your child but for you, the parents, as well. Whether you’ve been counting down for this day or dreading it, when the moment comes it can be very emotional walking out of that room without your child for the first time. Out of all of our tips for how to get through it, just remember this one thing; it does get easier. We promise! Until then, here are some tips for making the first day easier on you all: Prepare There are a lot of things you can do in the lead up to the big day to prepare yourself and your child. First of all, you need to feel confident in the day care that you have chosen. Before your child starts, make some visits to the centre. Take your child along so they can get familiar with the place and also make an unannounced visit, as you can tell a lot about a place when they aren’t expecting you. Take note of how clean the centre is. And we mean really clean, not just neat and tid

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Fun Christmas craft ideas for kids

Christmas time is here! And what better way to get into the festive spirit than with some fun (and easy) Christmas craft activities? From Christmas tree decorations, to nature wreaths and handmade Christmas cards, we’ve put together a few kid-friendly crafts that can be easily made at day care and taken home to be enjoyed with the family. (WARNING: Things might get a little bit messy. We suggest you do these on the days when your day care cleaning company is due!) Sparkly Christmas Decorations You will need: Thick card (a laundry detergent powder box works well – ask the parents to bring in any old boxes they have from home) A pencil Scissors PVA glue and a brush Colourful tissue paper, foil, or lolly wrappers Sequins or small metallic gold and silver star stickers Hole punch Gold or silver ribbon Draw or trace a Christmas shape onto a thick piece of card – this could be a star shape, a Christmas tree, a bell, or even a round Christmas pudding shape! Use the scissors to cut out the sha

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