Helpful websites

Child care

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mychild.gov.au

Provides a online child care portal. You will find information on different types of child care and how to get assistance with the cost of child care. You will also find links to other useful websites about children’s health and wellbeing, parenting and family support services.

www.mychild.gov.au

Department of Education

Australian Children’s Education and Care Quality Authority (ACECQA)

ACECQA is an independent statutory authority providing national leadership in promoting quality and continuous improvement in early childhood education and care and school age care in Australia.www.acecqa.gov.au

Australian Children’s Education and Care Quality Authority

Department of Education

The Department of Education is responsible for delivering the Australian Governments key commitments on child care and early learning on major policy reforms http://education.gov.au/early-childhood

Australian institute of family studies

The Australian Institute of Family Studies (AIFS) is the Australian Government’s key research body in the area of family wellbeing.

Its role is to increase understanding of factors affecting how Australian families function by:

  • conducting research; and
  • disseminating findings.

The Institute’s work provides an evidence base for developing policy and practice related to the wellbeing of families in Australia. http://aifs.gov.au/

Department of social services

http://www.dss.gov.au/

The Hotline 1800 670 305 provides information to help you choose a child care service that meets your needs. The hotline also provides information on possible child care vacancies in local areas.
http://www.mychild.gov.au/contact

Department of Education

Child care benefit (CCB)

Helps cover the cost of child care, including long day care, family day care, occasional day care, outside school hours care, vacation care, pre-school, and kindergarten. It may also help cover the cost of child care provided by grandparents, relatives, friends or nannies. http://www.humanservices.gov.au/customer/services/centrelink/child-care-benefit

Department of Human Services

Child care rebate (CCR)

Covers 50% of out of pocket child care expenses, up to a maximum amount per child per year, in addition to any amount you may receive from Child Care Benefit and/or JET Child Care Fee Assistance (if applicable).

http://www.humanservices.gov.au/customer/services/centrelink/child-care-rebate

Department of Human Services

Child care – find a child care service

Search by type of care (long, occasional, family day care, before school care, after school care etc), location (town, postcode etc) or name of centre to find approved child care services in your area. http://ifp.mychild.gov.au/mvc/Search/Advanced

Department of Education

Information for families using child care (fact sheet kit)

Provides help to families in making important child care decisions. The fact sheets include information on Child Care Benefit, Child Care Rebate, Jobs, Education and Training Child Care fee assistance, Child Care Support program and Child Care Access Hotline.

http://education.gov.au/fact-sheet-kit-families-using-child-care

Department of Education

Jobs, Education and Training Child Care Fee Assistance (JET)

Provides extra help with the cost of approved child care for eligible parents undertaking activities such as job search, work, study, training, or undertaking rehabilitation to enter, or re-enter, the workforce.

http://www.humanservices.gov.au/customer/services/centrelink/jobs-education-and-training-child-care-fee-assistance

Department of Human Services

National Quality Framework for Early Childhood Education and Care

Outlines the quality standards that apply to most long day care, family day care, preschool and kindergarten, and outside schools hours care services. The Framework is a national approach to the regulation and quality assessment of early childhood education and care services.

http://education.gov.au/national-quality-framework-early-childhood-education-and-care

Department of Education

There are many more useful links for families and educators on http://www.acecqa.gov.au/

Support for Families

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www.raisingchildren.net.au

Australian Government parenting website.  Great place to access information from behaviour and development to sleep, teething, nutrition and safety.

http://www.kidsafevic.com.au/

All about keeping babies and young children safe, resource ideas, information about equipment, toys and nursery furniture.

www.healthinsite.gov.au

Health information provided by the Australian Government, health topics A – Z, conditions and diseases, oral health, well-being, life stages.

https://www.nhmrc.gov.au/guidelines/publications/ch55

This 5th edition replaces Staying Healthy in Child Care – Preventing infectious diseases in child care (4th edition), and represents an increased focus on a risk-management approach to infection prevention and control principles in daily care activities.

www.sidsandkids.org

For the latest information on safe sleeping.

www.kidscount.com.au

Great information on how to raise happy and confident children.  Translations into 16 languages other than English.  Developed by the Australian Childhood Foundation.

www.rch.org.au

Children’s health information online from the Royal Children’s Hospital, Melbourne.

www.savingmum.com.au

Ideas for saving money, time and the planet. Library of resources full of ideas for savings with recipes, travel, cleaning and more.

www.breastfeeding.asn.au

Australian Breastfeeding Association providing information and resources to assist women who breastfeed.

www.pregnancybirthbaby.org.au

Health information for expecting and new parents.

http://www.noahsarkinc.org.au/

Great information for children with disabilities and special needs.

http://www.familydaycare.com.au/index.php/main/Home

Family Day Care Australia:

http://www.familydaycare.org.au/

Family Day Care Victoria INC.

Fun and Learn

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www.kidsites.com

A guide to the best kids sites on the web.

www.funbrain.com

Funbrain. Challenges kids with Maths and English games that are both fun and educational. You can pick the grade of the student to find age-appropriate games.

www.teachingtreasures.com.au

Teaching Treasures. Loads of activities for kids aged 5 up. Kids may need assistance to find the right English, Maths or Scientific games to suit their age.

www.disney.com.au

Disney Activities. Games, stories & craft ideas featuring your favourite Disney characters

www.abc.net.au/abcforkids

ABC for Kids Playground.  Children’s Activities, Puzzles, Games and heaps of fun for children.

www.bobthebuilder.com/au/

Bob the Builder. Bob enjoys fixing household problems with friends Lofty, Rolly, Muck, Scoop, Dizzy, Travis, Wendy, Spud and Pilchard.

www.peppapig.com

Pegga Pig. Join Peppa, George, Daddy Pig and Mummy Pig!  Play silly games, watch episodes, read peppa stories, sing alongs, play instruments, paint and much more!

www.thewiggles.com

The Wiggles. Join Anthony, Emma, Simon and Lachy, Dorothy, Wags the Dog and Captain Feathersword at their Wiggly Website.  Games, episodes, music, informative clips about health and safety.

Top parenting websites are:

parentingaustralia.com.au

betterparenting.com.au

raisingchildren.net.au

kidspot.com.au