24 Jun 2019

Is it time for a sick day?

We all know that the flu is highly contagious, but while we are often concerned when a coworker arrives on the scene with the sniffles, sometimes we forget to think about our children passing them on in their daycare.

With the flu season starting in Australia last month, and the August peak right around the corner, it’s time to scrub up on our flu knowledge.

For starters, did you know that the flu can actually be spread for up to a day before symptoms appear, and for five days after?

Our children are known to be much more prone to the sniffles and viruses that we adults have spent years building up a bit of immunity to, and it can sometimes be hard to know as a parent when to send your child to daycare or when to keep them home.

At Lifelong Learning Centres we place an emphasis on Healthy Children through a wide range of programs and there are many procedures in place to prevent illness and accidents. However, while our priority is to keep all children safe, we need to all work together.

We’ve put together a handy fact sheet to help you decide if your child is well enough to head to daycare to help ensure the safety and wellbeing of everyone at your favourite centre:

If you’re in doubt the three questions you should ask yourself are;

  • Is my child well enough to take part in the day’s activities?

  • Will my child pass on their illness?

  • If I felt like this, would I go to work?

We also extracted some handy  tips to help prevent the spread of infection this winter:

  • Teach your child about the importance of regular hand washing and ensure they understand the need to wash their hands before and after they eat, or use the bathroom.

  • Teach your child to avoid touching their eyes or nose and to sneeze or cough into the crook of their arm.

  • Ensure they get plenty of sleep, healthy food, and engage with our healthy world with some fresh air.

10 Jul 2019

How to teach without tears

Have you ever found yourself at the end of your rope as you ask your five-year-old for the thousandth time to stop teasing their brother/the dog or playing rough inside, questioning how to make a change without bringing on the tears? 

8 Jul 2019

Do you know where you’re standing?

At Lifelong Learning Centres we understand the importance of introducing community concepts to children at an early age, to develop an understanding of a team environment, giving back, and creating a sense of belonging for all. As we enter NAIDOC week a large majority of our centres are preparing to take part in themed activities to teach our children about Indigenous Culture and Community.

4 Jul 2019

The benefits of play based learning

Did you know that children actually learn a lot when they’re playing? Studies have shown there is a long list of benefits to play-based learning in the early years, including the development of intellectual skills, thinking and motivation.