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Featured Services
Parent Resource

Our Directories
Child Care Listings
Professionals For Children
Resources For Parents
Resources For Care Providers
Care In Other Areas

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vacancies for all ages for 2010

Blair Athol
Partners In Care Early Learning Centre
vacancies for all ages.

St Patrick’s Child Care Centre few vacancies for all age groups except Thursdays.
Currans Hill
UnitingCare Currans Hill OSHC and Vacation Care vacancies for before and after school care.
Playground Learning Centre vacancies for 2010

Harrington Park
Bambinos Kindergarten Harrington Park limited vacancies

Harrington Park North
limited vacancies

limited vacancies for 2010
The Rainbow Family Centres for Children - Joste-Lin Farm limited vacancies

Cath's Kindy vacancies for ages, enrol now for 2010
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Local Events
Structured playtime for children (toddlers to 5yo) and their carers.

Date: Fri, 5 February to Fri, 10 Dec 2010
Cost: gold coin donation covers craft activities and morning tea.
More Info 4647 0425
Time: Every Friday 10am-11.30am
Venue: Inspire Church Macarthur, Unit 6/14-16 Exchange Pde, Narellan Business Park, Narellan

Baby On Board

This 3 session program is for parents of children 0-2
years and covers issues such as parental expectations,
growth and development, communicating with
baby, settling, safety and coping strategies.
Venue: CatholicCare
35a Cordeaux Street, Campbelltown
Time: 3 Tuesday mornings 10am - 12:30pm
Date: 9, 16, 23 Feb
Cost: $30
Bookings: 4628 0044
123 Magic & Emotion Coaching. This time tested 3 session program provides easy to follow steps for disciplining children aged 2-12
without yelling, arguing or hitting.
Venue: CatholicCare, 35a Cordeaux Street, Campbelltown
Time: 3 Thurs evenings 7-9:30pm,
Date: 11, 18, 25 February
Cost: $30
Bookings: 4628 0044
Parenting Toddlers
2 sessions full of information, skill building and
sharing. The course will look at growth and development
of toddlers and pre-schoolers and what parents can realistically expect and do.
Venue: CatholicCare
35a Cordeaux Street, Campbelltown
Time: 2 Friday mornings 10-12:30pm, 12, 19 Feb
Cost: $20
Bookings: 4628 0044
Keeping Kids In Mind
(A Post Separation Parenting Program), learn how to deal more effectively with the emotional and practical issues of parenting after separation.
Topics covered include communicating with your ex-partner, anger, assertiveness, power grabs
and impact on children.
Venue: CatholicCare
35a Cordeaux Street, Campbelltown
Time: 5 Thursday evenings 7- 9:30pm
Date: 18, 25 Feb
Cost: $50
Bookings: 4628 0044

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Resources For Care Providers

Care In Other Areas

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February 2010
Welcome to the Camden Macarthur Child Care Directory Newsletter.
This month we welcome UnitingCare Currans Hill OSHC and Vacation Care at Currans Hill to the directory. Below you can read information about this service as well use the links to visit their listings.

We are also delighted to announce a new directory Professionals For Children. In this directory you will find information on professioanls and specialists in your local area who specialise in working with children, such as doctors, dentists, natural therapies and much more.
This month we welcome Karuna Health Care to the directory, please read more about this service below and use the links to visit their detailed listings

This month’s parent resource is about Sibling Rivalry, if you have more than one child I am sure you know what I mean. It can be difficult to keep children happy together, this resource will give you some tips and suggestions on how to deal with sibling rivalry and survive!

Services are stilll taking enrolments or waitlisting for 2010, so be quick to get in contact with the services that you are interested in and get your child’s name on the list for 2010 or if you are still looking and researching be sure to check out the detailed listings directory for all the information you need on services in your preferred location.
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Until next month, Kind regards, Donna
Featured Services
UnitingCare Currans Hill OSHC and Vacation Care offers before and after school care from 6:30 am until 6:30 pm. Breakfast included and afternoon tea. A quiet area for homework is provided for children.
Our service take part in active after school care this term we will have a 1 hour cricket lesson every Monday and on a Wednesday we will be learning some orienteering. To participate in this program it will cost no extra than you after school care fee.
We currently have vacancies everyday before and after school care. Child Care Rebate available to eligible families. Please contact us for all enquiries and more information about enrolments.
Getting Well Again

Is your child repeatedly getting ear, nose and throat infections? Tired of repeated courses of antibiotics and are looking for a natural option? Naturopath , Registered Nurse and Homeopath Nyema Hermiston treats acute and ongoing ear infections, tonsillitis and repeated colds, using nutritional assessments and homeopathic medicines.

Karuna Health Care is located in Mittagong: Phone 02 4872 1063 and Wollongong: Phone 02 4228 0977 for an appointmentor or check out the website
Adrienne's Early Learning Centre and Preschool. We are a small, privately owned centre, committed to providing the highest quality care for children aged 0-5 years old, within a safe, personal and professional environment.

Adrienne's is licenced by the Department of Community Services. The Centre also participates in the Quality Improvement and Accreditation System, where we have achieved the highest rating across all areas. We are an approved service for the Child Care Benefit (CCB), enabling parents to claim reduced fees.

Our Centre is defined by the quality and commitment of the staff. As dedicated educators and classroom teachers they are highly motivated, experienced, caring and qualified to best meet your child's needs.

We are open Monday- Friday 7.00 am to 6.00pm and we are able to take 29 children per day aged from 0 to 5 years of age.
The Centre is airconditioned and well equipped, with all resources complying with current regulations. In keeping with our Sun Safe policy, our large outdoor area has both shade structures and several beautiful trees, that protect our children from harmful sun.

Programs are provided for differing age groups and encompass all developmental areas- social, emotional, physical and intellectual. Transition from one stage to the next is individually structured. A School Readiness Program has been developed to assist children with literacy, numeracy and reading skills. We also implement a phonics program further enhancing our children's literacy skills and better equipping them for school.

We are accepting enrolments for 2010 so please contact us to discuss your child care needs or to arrange a visit with us.

Professionals For Children
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Child Care Directory
use the links below to view detailed information

Currans Hill
Harrington Park
Bambinos Kindergarten Harrington Park

Harrington Park North

Resources For Parents Directory
Parent Resource
Sibling Rivalry
Becoming an older brother or sister can be a confusing time for toddlers and preschoolers. Sibling rivalry is often identified when a toddler or preschooler starts to have one or all of the following behaviours:

Some potential sibling rivalry behaviours:
  • tantrums, anger and aggression
  • whingeing
  • regressive behaviour – refusing to use the toilet, wanting to use a bottle or nappies
  • losing interest in activities once enjoyed
  • ignoring the new baby
  • behaviour seems too good to be true or their behaviour is unbelievably difficult
  • more demanding
  • being withdrawn and more clingy – not want to play with friends or go to preschool
  • waking up in the middle of the night
  • wanting to get into bed with you
Things to prepare your toddler or preschooler for the arrival of a new baby:
  • Find opportunities for your toddler or preschooler to have contact with very young babies
  • Read books about babies or play with baby dolls
  • Take your toddler and preschooler to antenatal visits
  • Let your toddler or preschooler help organize the baby’s bed and other equipment
  • If your toddler or preschooler will be going to regular or occasional child care it is helpful to start this prior to the birth of your baby
  • Encourage the carer to provide short periods of care before the baby is due, if this is not already happening. This will familiarize both the older child and the carer
Things that may reduce sibling rivalry:
  • Let your toddler or preschooler know when you’re going to hospital. Even though it is hard, wake them don’t just disappear. Sleep problems can start if the young child wakes and finds their parents have gone to hospital
  • While you are in hospital if possible your older child should be cared for in their own home
  • At the hospital visits be ready to give your older child a cuddle and all your attention before introducing them to the new baby
  • Even if your older child becomes upset when they have to leave you it is important that they continue to come for visits while you are in hospital
  • Have a gift from the newborn baby to give to the older sibling
  • Ask the older child to guess what her new brother or sister is feeling: is the baby hungry? or happy? or cold? This helps the older child to understand that this new arrival also has feelings
  • When you need to attend to the baby for lengthy periods ensure you know where your other child is and what they are doing – having a box of special toys or refreshments for them during this time can help
  • Keep on reassuring your older child that there is enough love to go around, even though you now have to share your time
  • Offer your older child regular (even if brief) periods of close bodily contact, like hugs and cuddles
  • Remember that toddlers and some preschoolers find it hard to wait. Don’t always delay giving your toddler or preschooler some attention until the new baby is asleep
  • Remember that when a new baby arrives your older child can be confused and unprepared for the higher expectations that seem to be placed on them overnight
  • Reinforce positive behaviour by praising
  • Involve your older child in caring for the baby
  • Have special uninterrupted time for each child
  • Ensure both parents are consistent in using family rules
  • Set limits and try to have a daily routine so that your older child feels safe and knows what to expect
  • If you make promises ensure that you provide what you promised
  • Remind people there are two children not just the baby
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