- Staying Healthy 5th Edition
Produced by the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC), the current edition Staying Healthy - Preventing infectious diseases in early childhood education and care services gives practical advice to child care workers and parents on how to reduce the spread of infectious disease such as norovirus and the flu.
The NHMRC has recently issued clarification of some guidelines included in the Staying Health 5th Edition, and has produced a range of posters, fact sheets and information sheets to accompany this publication. You can access these on the NHMRC website.
- Helping children deal with disasters
For fact sheets and articles about how to help children deal with feelings arising from natural and other disasters, visit the Early Childhood Australia website.
- National Tobacco Campaign to reduce smoking by young pregnant women
The Department of Health and Ageing have launched a national campaign aimed at informing young pregnant women and their partners about the risks of smoking and the benefits of quitting. The Department has sought the help of relevant organisations in raising awareness for this campaign . A fact-sheet and information postcard have been produced, and further copies of these resources and other quit smoking posters can be ordered free of charge from the Campaign’s Quit Now website.
Cancer Council New South Wales has provided SunSmart guidelines
for childcare services and family day care support services to develop and implement a SunSmart policy.
NSW Health has free resources on early childhood oral health available on its website. Go to NSW Little Smiles to download a resources package, and download an order form here.
- NSW Food Authority - Childcare
Childrens services that provide food as part of their service must comply with national standard 3.2.2 – Food Safety Practices and General Requirements and standard 3.2.3 – Food Premises and Equipment of the Food Standards Code (the Code). Childrens services that prepare and serve meals, snacks (eg cut fruit, cheese and crackers), celebration food (eg birthday cake), food for educational purposes or replacement food (eg where food supplied by parents is unfit for eating) are covered by these standards.
A voluntary Food Safety Program (FSP) template has been developed by the Authority for childrens services wanting to implement an FSP, along with a factsheet: Food safety tips for childcare centres.
These Guidelines have been produced by the Department of Community Services and NSW Health to provide information to assist services in the management of children who have been identified as being at risk of anaphylaxis.
- NSW Pesticides Regulation 2009
The NSW Pesticides Regulation 2009 outlines the reporting requirements for sensitive places, which includes childcare centres, preschools and kindergartens. More information can be found on the Department of Environment and Climate Change website.