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Baby Safety Tips for the Home

Baby Safety Tips for the Home

Bringing home a new baby is an exciting and magical event for any family. Preparing your home in advance for the big day helps parents to proactively provide built in safety for the new addition to the family.

There are a range of different baby safety products on the market today that can make Mum and Dad’s life a lot easier. However, there are also some simple and very traditional types of safety practices that will keep your infant out of harm’s way.


Before your baby is up and about crawling and playing look at each room of the home. General safety issues that can be put in place include:

  • Baby safe latches on all drawers and cabinets in kitchens, bathrooms, bedrooms and storage areas to prevent injury if baby pulls the drawers or cabinets open or gets into the stored contents.
  • Check all electrical cords and remove any that dangle or hang down. Cover all electrical outlets with spring loaded covers that automatically close when the cord is removed.
  • Roll all cords for blinds or drapes up to well above the height that a crawling baby, toddler or infant can reach.
  • Have a new cot and mattress for the baby that is designed to prevent the baby from getting hands or limbs lodged between the posts. The mattress should fit correctly in the cot and extend to the frame on all sides.
  • Limit items in and around the crib and ensure any mobiles or hanging items on the cot are safe and secure and approved for use for a baby.
  • Always have the correctly sized, approved car safety seat for your baby and do not travel with the baby in a vehicle when the child is not secured in the baby car seat.
  • Avoid using any types of room freshening or air treatment products in the nursery or the home as an infant may be extremely sensitive to these products.

Last, and perhaps most importantly, never leave your baby unattended unless they are in a safe, secure location such as their cot. This ensures that the baby can’t get into anything that is potentially dangerous in the few seconds you step away.


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Separate Nursery Room for Child Care in Gympie

Separate Nursery Room for Child Care in Gympie

Parkside Early Learning Centre has made available a separate nursery room for children from 6 weeks of age.
The move has been because of growth in the amount of families enrolling at Parkside and the need to have babies and infants in a separate environment. The nursery has its own spacious room along with a separate sleeping room. Both the sleeping room and the classroom have air conditioning and views out over the natural parklands that surround the centre.
The nursery and toddler rooms have their own private covered balcony and outdoor play area. This keeps them safe and in an environment of age appropriate play experiences. The nursery staff exceptionally experienced and have a special passion for the nursery age group. For safety of our children they follow SIDS protocols. Parkside also offer all meals.
Many centres in Gympie don’t offer care for the younger age groups. For the owners Andrew and Carolin being able to offer a full child care service for all ages was always part of the plan. “We want to be able to offer families the convenience of having all their children in one service in a safe and caring environment.” says Andrew
Children can start from the age of 6 weeks and then progress through the different classrooms with their friends and up until the Kindergarten room where they run the Queensland approved kindergarten program before heading off the school.
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The nursery is almost at capacity on many days now with more families to start in the coming weeks. If you are interested in finding out more call on 07 5482 7738 or here.
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Emotional and Social Development for Preschoolers in Child Care

Emotional and Social Development for Preschoolers in Child Care

I recently visited a number of schools in around Gympie and after a number of discussions with Principles and prep school teachers a common thread was starting to appear. The children starting school for the first time were really struggling in regards of their emotional development and social skills. This makes the transition to big school difficult for the children and also challenging for the teachers.

These two areas of early childhood are a major focus for Parkside Early Learning Centre and it’s families. Through the larger social setting of a child care centre and surrounded by caring and skilled educators our children are able to develop those skills more quickly and make a more successful transition into school.

Social & Emotional Development

Birth to school age is the period of greatest growth and development. The early childhood years are not only a time for taking first steps or for saying first words. They are also when, through their relationships with others formed in a child care centre environment, children are building expectations about their world and the people in it and are developing their first.

  • sense of self including feeling good about themselves and what they can do
  • social skills to get along in life with others
  • emotional skills such as recognising, expressing and managing a wide range of feelings.

These first skills are very important as they form the foundations for children’s ongoing development and affect their mental health and wellbeing, now and into the future. All skills that can develop significantly in a child care centre environment.

Babies are natural communicators and are able to experience and express a wide range of emotions. Through their many positive interactions with child care workers, they learn to feel good about themselves and enjoy relating with others. They learn from an early age how to manage a range of feelings and to communicate effectively to get their needs met. As babies grow into toddlers and later preschoolers, they can manage more things by themselves but still need guidance and support from their caregivers. Toddlers want to please adults and also to be themselves. They do this by imitating others and build their self confidence by ‘helping’ during everyday experiences such as cooking, cleaning, and shopping.

It is very important to have positive role models in a child care centre environment and also at home. This is because the children adapt their behaviour according to their child care workers responses and are learning ways to cope with conflict and to solve problems through their relationships with significant adults in their lives.

Kindergarten aged children develop their social and emotional skills through a wide network of social relationships including other adults and children. Supported by their increased language, thinking and planning capabilities, Kindergarten child are more able to wait for things they want, to negotiate solutions to everyday problems and make decisions for themselves and with others.

What Parkside Early Learning Centre Does

  • Building relationships with families so that children feel safe, secure, and comfortable with early childhood staff ›
  • Getting to know each child ›
  • Being warm and responsive with children ›
  • Arranging developmentally appropriate experiences that promote social and emotional development (e.g., helping toddlers to begin taking turns and sharing) ›
  • Having conversations and storytelling with children about emotions and social situations
  • Talking with children about events, their feelings and the feelings of others and how they relate to behaviours

What Families Can Do

  • Being affectionate and warm
  • Providing security for children by being consistent and predictable
  • Having frequent face-to-face interactions, including making eye contact, smiling and laughing together
  • Responding to your child’s signals and preferences (e.g., knowing when to stop playing when your baby turns away signalling they have had enough for now)
  • Talking with children about what is happening and what will happen next
  • Being comforting and helping children to manage their feelings
  • Encouraging children to explore, play and try new things
  • Using social and emotional skills yourself and showing children how they work (e.g., by talking with children about your own mistakes, saying sorry and trying to make things better for the child you show them that these are a part of life and can be learning opportunities for everyone)
  • Describing and labelling emotions (e.g., ‘I enjoyed doing the puzzle together with you. It was fun!’ or ‘Are you feeling sad today because your friend is not here?’)
  • Storytelling, playing games, singing, dancing, and imaginary play
  • Supporting children to make choices and solve problems as appropriate for their developmental level (e.g., ‘Do you want to wear your red dress or your blue dress?’)
  • Providing opportunities for interactions with others (e.g., going to play groups with other children, inviting a child to your home for a play, going to the park where there are other children playing)


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Safe Sleeping for Babies in Child Care

Safe Sleeping for Babies in Child Care

As parents we are all concerned about the safety and well being of our children at home and in Early Learning Centres. Here are some important safety tips….

How to Sleep your Baby Safely:

1. Sleep baby on the back from birth, not on the tummy or side

2. Sleep baby with head and face uncovered

3. Keep baby smoke free before birth and after

4. Provide a safe sleeping environment night and day

5. Sleep baby in their own safe sleeping place in the same room as an adult caregiver for the first six to twelve months

6. Breastfeed baby

For more information and tips on child safety go to Sids and Kids.


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The Must Ask Questions to Relieve Your Stress and Worry When Choosing a Child Care Centre

The Must Ask Questions to Relieve Your Stress and Worry When Choosing a Child Care Centre

Choosing the right type of child care is one of the most important decisions parents can make. A lot of time can be spent thinking about the type of care, will it suit my needs now and in the future, what is the best child care?

Determining the type of care your child needs. Consider their temperament, likes and dislikes, health, interests and behaviour, developmental play and learning styles, interaction with other children, and need for individualised attention should be considered.

What are the different types of services?

There are different types of services that are available as options. The most common is Long Day Care which includes Child Care Centres or Early Learning Centres and then a variety of others which you can find out further down the page.

Child Care Centre/Early Learning Centre:

Child care centres focus on the care of children in groups. These Centres have their benefits where the children have the opportunity to socially interact with children their own age plus sometimes children of other ages depending on the service. The curriculum should be play based with learning opportunities incorporated into daily activities.

Are there any differences between a child care centre and an early learning centre?

On the surface the answer is no. Child care has evolved from primarily caring for children or babysitting through to educating children in preparation for school and life in general. At Parkside ELC you will find the latter.

Kindergarten Program:

Many Long Day Care centres will also run the Queensland Approved Kindergarten Program. The Kindergarten Program is focused on preparing children with the transition from Child Care to School. It can be attended only by children who are pre-school age. Kindergarten programs have their own curriculum which is play based and must be delivered by a bachelor degree qualified teacher. If you have younger than preschool aged children think about enrolling in a child care centre that provides long day care and the Kindergarten Program. This will assist in the smooth transition with their peer group where they have existing relationships.

Family Day Care:

Family day care is child care but in somebodies home where they live. One family day care can normally not have any more than a maximum of 4 children including the carers own. The quality of the service can vary depending on a number of factors. The carer and the environment would be two of the biggest factors.

Aupair or Nanny:

A Nanny or Aupair will provide care in your home environment and could suit many families. With a Nanny you will have a lot more control over what is taught and the daily routines. A Nanny can be expensive and children could miss out on social interaction. An Aupair will expose your children to another culture. They are less expensive but the quality of care can be mixed. Aupairs are not normally child care experts and use this as a method to travel and experience other cultures.

What services are included?

This is a very important question. Some centres will only provide the basics. When researching and visiting centres be sure to find out what services are included and what are not and if they are included in the daily fees and what is charged as extra:

Some questions to ask:

  • What are the opening hours? Try to find a centre with the longest hours possible. You never know if you situation changes in future.
  • Are meals provided?
  • Is the Queensland Kindergarten Program run at the centre. A bachelor qualified teach must be onsite delivering the Kindy program.
  • Do they provide nappies and wipes?
  • What flexibility is there to meet a families changing demands?
  • Do they run out of school hours care? This may be important if you have school age children as well..
  • Is the centre part of a large chain or run hands on by the owner? Both can have their advantages.
  • What other services to they offer such as Bush Kindy, music programs, sport programs, second languages.

We’d recommend you have a list of important questions to ask the centre before speaking to them so you can tick off all the important factors.

How much will it cost?

When looking at the fees look into what is included and does it represent good value. A centre that has extremely cheap fees, is this representative of the quality of care provided? If a centre has the most expensive fees in town is it the best centre in town and what will they provide above all the other centres.

Two very important factors to find out are are

  1. What is included in the fees?

Find out all the services included in the fees. You may find a centre that has slightly higher fees may represent better value. If they include meals the hassle you may save might be worth the extra cost especially if the meals are of good quality. If you cannot transport your children a courtesy bus might be the most important factor

2. What do I actually pay?

The amount that you pay as a family is called the ‘gap’ fee. That is the different between the centres daily fee minus off what the government subsides. No matter what centre you attend the government subsidy should not change. Be sure to talk to Centrelink to understand what you are entitled to in regards of child subsidies as pass on this information to the centre.

Child Care Subsidy – Your child care subsidy is call CCS. Most families will receive some sort of subsidy but some families will not.

There are a number of other factors where you could get a reduction in fees from government subsidies. Be sure to discuss with Centrelink and your service.

In summary

The best piece of advice we can give is go with your child and visit a centre. You will quickly find out if it is the centre for you. Observe how your child responds in the centre. Are they comfortable? Do you connect with the owners/educators.

Call us at Parkside Early Learning Centre for a tour on 07 54827738.

We’d love to meet you and discuss your children’s education and care needs.


Carolin & Andrew Riley

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Baby can’t sleep! How do I get my baby to sleep?

Baby can’t sleep! How do I get my baby to sleep?

You can help your baby-and yourself sleep better. The goal is to help your baby learn self-comfort so that he or she can get to sleep and get back to sleep, with little help from you.

Bedtime tips

  • At night, set up a soothing routine. Give your baby a bath, sing lullabies, read a book, or tell a story. These activities can help your baby relax. They also signal that it is time to sleep. Don’t get your baby excited with active play right before sleep.
  • When your baby is getting sleepy, put your baby in his or her crib in a quiet, darkened room. This will help your baby learn to go to sleep in his or her crib.
  • Don’t rock your baby to sleep after about age 4 to 6 months. Rock your baby, but lay the baby down to sleep while he or she is drowsy but still awake.
  • Don’t add cereal to your baby’s bottle. Adding cereal to a bottle won’t make a baby through the night. Babies don’t need solid foods until they are about 6 months old. Check with your doctor to see when your baby is ready for solid food.
  • Put your baby down for a nap as soon as he or she acts sleepy. If your baby gets too tire, it may be hard for him or her to get to sleep.
  • Remember to put your baby down to sleep on his or her back. This helps prevent sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS).
  • Try to feed your hungry newborn when he or she starts to wake up and is still calm. Hungry cries often start with a whimper and become louder and longer. If you respond before your newborn gets upset, he or she will feed and go back to sleep easier.
  • Keep the light off during nighttime feedings, and use a soft voice.
  • Settle your baby down to sleep as quickly as possible if he or she is not acting hungry during a nighttime feeding.
  • If your baby does not settle down, check to see if he or she is hungry or needs a diaper change. Feed or change your baby quietly. Keep the light low. Don’t play with or sing to your baby. Put him or her back in the crib as soon as you can.
  • Try to stay calm. Young children are very sensitive to a parent’s feelings of frustration.
  • Be consistent. If you change your plan for how to handle nighttime crying, make sure that you and your partner agree on it before you go to bed.

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