As of January 1st Australia mandated one child care worker to every four babies. Hope is that this reform will provide higher quality of care and child care professionals will develop special bonds with these babies (Early Childhood Australia, 2012).An interesting story I found on the website related to children's stress and anxiety when starting school. All children experience stress on their first day of school. I would stress about my outfit, would I still fit in with my friends, would my teacher be mean,etc. Even young children experience stress--especially when they have only been with mom or dad since birth. The website gave some great tips to help their child overcome stress of the first day of school. I think these tips would help American children too--check out the link: http://www.earlychildhoodaustralia.org.au/early_childhood_news/january_2011_tips_to_minimise_stress_during_your_childs_first_year_at_school.html.
This website features useful, interesting information on early childhood. Although it is designed for Australian families/professionals does not mean it can't be a good resource for American professionals/families. Our Preschool center sends out a weekly newsletter with early childhood information attached. This website may become a great resource for me!
Early Childhood Australia. (2012). January 2012--Media release--Biggest reform of Australian childcare begins today. Retrieved March 31, 2012, from http://www.earlychildhoodaustralia.org.au/early_childhood_news/jan_2012_media_release_biggest_reform_of_australian_childcare_begins_today.html.
Early Childhood Australia. (2012). January 2011--Tips to minimise stress during your child's first year at school. Retrieved March 31, 2012, from http://www.earlychildhoodaustralia.org.au/early_childhood_news/january_2011_tips_to_minimise_stress_during_your_childs_first_year_at_school.html.