Friday, 20 September 2019

Making The Right Early Childhood Education And Care Choices For Your Child With

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If you are an expectant mum or a parent of a child aged between birth to five, chances are you're pondering over the choices that lay ahead for your family. Issues such as your own desire to return to work, or the decision to be a stay-at-home parent, will likely be at the forefront of your mind. Your young child's early learning experiences and needs are also important.

It's official - the early years of your child's life are their most important years for learning. Their rapid growth and development is cemented for the rest of their lives, in these few, short, foundation years. Did you know that 90 percent of a child's brain develops by the time they're 5 years old?

As a parent, your choices about early childhood learning are of prime importance to your child's development. So, whether you opt to return to your career full-time, juggle part-time employment and parenthood, or decide to stay at home until your child reaches school age, the one thing that is important for every child, is to access quality early childhood education.

If you're planning to go back to work, how do you choose a quality child care service near you?

Your first step to finding a path that's right for your child, is to choose the right type of service. From family day care to long day care to kindergarten/preschool, helps parents with the information they need to consider to make decisions.

Once you know the right type that will suit your child and family's needs, find a service near you.

Are you aware that there is a National Quality Standard (NQS) rating for childcare services? The NQS aims to continually improve the quality of education and care services across Australia, including family day care, long day care, kindergartens/preschools and outside school hours care. You can find the best available education and care service for your little one near you using's Find Child Care search function.

These NQS ratings cover important areas such as children's health and safety, educational programs, staff to child ratios and relationships with children and families. The ratings are: Significant Improvement Required, Working Towards NQS, Meeting NQS, Exceeding NQS and Excellent.

If your child is currently enrolled in a childcare service, it's worth knowing the quality rating of your service and their quality improvement plans. You can visit to see how your child's service rates. also offers excellent advice and trusted information for stay at home parents regarding children's developmental milestones and activities to do at home to encourage a child's learning and development.

Visit to help yourself make informed decisions about your child's development and learning pathways and quality child care.


  1. What a great idea for parents and children!

    1. It is! I wish I were able to access it when mine were in preschool and earlier.

  2. I am so pleased to see a site of this calibre. From 2013 into 2015 I was a consultant to a group of pre-schools in Sydney and saw first hand what they went through for accreditation. In some cases it was OTT but an 'industry' for kids needs regulation.

    Thank you for linking up for #lifethisweek. Next week, 30/9/19 the optional prompt is Spring Stories. Hope you can join in too. Denyse.


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