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JUNE 2013

Welcome to the June 2013 Camden Macarthur Local Child Care & Services Directory. 

This month we welcome SenseAbilities to our Additional Needs Directory, read all about this great service below.

This month's parent resource is about Settling techniques for 12 months to toddlers. We hope this information helps you get through what can be a difficult stage.

WIN...WIN....This month you have the chance to win a consult from Sleep Angels valued at $150. 

For your chance to win simply email us to go into the draw and tell us if you have used our newsletter or site to find or look for care or other child related information.

Until next month, kind regards Donna

FEATURED SERVICES
SenseAbilities is a retail supplier of sensory and developmental toys and therapy equipment primarily for children with special needs. 

Established by Kathy Clarkson, Paediatric Occupational Therapist and Robyn Kirkham, Retail Manager 10 years ago, we have a retail shop in Mooroolbark Victoria and our products are sold via our website throughout Australasia. Visit us for more information www.senseabilities.com.au

Begin Bright School Readiness & Primary Tutoring Centres
Harrington Park has been named a FINALIST in the Camden Wollondilly Small Business Awards in the category of New Business!!! 

We wish to thank all our lovely clients, families and friends who showed their support by voting for us! 

Our amazing School Readiness program prepares children for big school and our Tuition classes develop skill level, knowledge and confidence and gain results. We look forward to helping many more children on their learning journey! Call 4648 1144 for more details and class times. www.beginbright.com.au

The Literacy and Learning Centre is a specialised service to help children and adolescents who are struggling with reading, spelling, and learning.

A comprehensive assessment at the Literacy and Learning Centre identifies why children are having problems with reading, spelling, and learning, and what to do to help.

The results of comprehensive testing form the basis for detailed recommendations or referral to our remedial teaching programme for help that is tailored to each child's identified difficulties.

Support from a Clinical Psychologist is also available to help children boost their self-esteem and learn strategies to manage other problems they may be experiencing, such as anxiety.

What services does the Literacy and Learning Centre provide?
Assessment; Remedial Teaching/Tutoring and Clinical Psychology services

Private health insurance rebates and Medicare rebates may be available for eligible clients. HICAPS facilities are available at the Centre, so that any private health rebates can be claimed on the spot.
If you have concerns about your child's literacy or learning, please contact us to discuss or to make an appointment. You do not require a doctor's referral.


Cath's Kindy is a purpose built Centre which opened in October 2004. We are the only Long Day Centre in the Wilton area. We offer superior child care, servicing the Wollondilly and Macarthur Region. To give you an idea of where we are, we are located just 3 minutes from the M5 Freeway to Sydney, 2 minutes from Bingara Gorge, approx 13 minutes drive from Picton, 20 minutes drive from Campbelltown and 25 minutes drive from Wollongong.

We are a dynamic, motivated and enthusiastic team who are truly interested in your child. Together the team at Cath's Kindy have over "50" years of child care experience and knowledge. We cater for children aged 0-6 years as well as providing Before and After School and Vacation Care. We are open for 50 weeks per year and operate from 7am to 6pm weekdays.

For enrolment enquiries please contact us.

Bright Stars Early Learning is committed to delivering Early Childhood Care and Education of the highest standard. We are registered for the Child Care Benefit Scheme with the Family Assistance Office, enabling eligible families to claim fee relief.

We are open from 6.30am - 6.00pm Monday to Friday caring for children from 2 years to school age.   Bright Stars Early Learning Centre is closed for N.S.W. Public Holidays and 1 or 2 weeks over Christmas and the New Year.

   

Every team member at Bright Stars Early Learning Centre have been carefully recruited for their motivation to be the best Early Childhood professionals they can be.

Enrolments are taken throughout the year as positions become available, so don't hesitate to contact us for more information on our vacancies.


Centres Direct is an Australian owned and operated, providing child care centres, pre schools, FDC and families with quality products at great prices everyday.

After being in the education and childcare industries for a number of years, we know what parents, teachers and carers need and want.  
We provide a personalised service and are contactable via our live chat on www.CentresDirect.com, on email at sales@centresdirect.com and phone 1800 805 506.
Centres Direct has daily couriers who pick up twice a day, ensuring orders get to you as soon as possible.
Stay tuned to our Facebook page as we add stocktake specials to clear out the warehouse in Prestons, Sydney

We are continually updating our product range so contact us if you are after a particular item.  www.CentresDirect.com

CleverStuff Educational Toys  Stocktake Sale online only

www.cleverstuff.com.au Products reduced up to 80% Wooden Toys, Magnetic Toys, Sustainable products, Science, Geek, Art & Craft & more! For a further 12.5% discount on all other items in store, enter STOCKTAKE code at checkout! (sale from June 1 - 30). www.cleverstuff.com.au or phone 1300 552 500


PARENT INFORMATION

Settling techniques: 12 months to toddlers

Children are all different.
Sleep problems are quite common in this age range. Common problems include: separation anxiety, night-time fears and nightmares. Problems that you may have experienced when they were infants can also return. Sleep habits change as the child develops and in order for children to get enough sleep, their daily routines need to match their developmental stage.

How much sleep does my child need?
All children are different which means that some children will sleep more and some will sleep less.

From 12 months to 3 years: children need between 12-13 hours per day over a 24 hour period with one long overnight sleep and 1 to 3 sleep/s during the day depending on their individual needs. Some children will not require a day sleep. If your child is happy and displays no tired signs or cues your child may not require a day sleep. A short `nap' or quiet time may be sufficient.

Tired signs or cues
When your child becomes tired or overtired, behaviour can become irritable, overactive and/or demanding. Respond to your child's' tired signs or cues by introducing a quiet time to wind down (reducing activities and decreasing stimulation) in preparation for sleep.

Sleep cycles
The sleep-wake cycle, is the time spent going through both deep (quiet) and light (active) stages of sleep. Between each sleep -wake cycle, children rouse/wake briefly then resettle to sleep. A sleep cycle from four (4) months to being a toddler is around 30 to 50 minutes, increasing to 60-90 minutes for a preschooler.

Sleep Associations
Sleep associations create the conditions under which children can fall asleep. Sleep associations can either be helpful or unhelpful. Some children are dependent on their parents to help them fall asleep. These children may have difficulty self settling and resettling unless the same conditions for settling are met. For example, if your child needs a complicated routine to fall asleep such as a breast feed, bottle and/or dummy, after one sleep cycle your child may wake and need this process repeated to settle.

Preparation for sleep

Bed time routines
Your child is strongly influenced by their environment, daily activities and routines. A predictable bedtime routine (sequence of activities) including a wind-down period (for example, meal, bath, cleaning teeth, story time, brief cuddle and kiss, and into bed) is important to help your child recognise and establish good sleep patterns.
When assisting your child develop a sleep pattern it is better to use levels of distress as your guide to comfort your child rather then a time schedule. In preparation for sleep, a bedtime routine (depending on day or night) encourages a wind-down period and ensures that your child's physical needs are met such as.

  • Bath time
  • Clean nappy
  • Clean teeth
  • Dim lighting
  • Talk quietly, gentle song, cuddle, story time tuck/wrap depending on age
  • Kiss and say goodnight
  • Ensure your child is adequately clothed especially for the night e.g. warm pyjamas, enough blankets or a sleeping bag.
  • Having a favourite small soft toy or similar in the cot/bed may provide comfort
  • If in a cot ensure that the sides are up and securely in place

Settling Options

Comfort Settling
Comfort settling provides your child with reassurance and support while also providing an opportunity for your child to discover their own way of going to sleep.
Following a bedtime routine as above:
1. Talk quietly, reassure child i.e. 'good night it is time for sleep' to encourage a state of calm
2. Position your child on their back in the cot/bed awake [calm/drowsy]
3. Comfort your child providing verbal reassurance in a calm firm voice 'time for sleep' rhythmic patting, or stroking
4. As your child calms, move away from the cot/ bed or leave the room
5. Listen to your child's level of distress (intensity of cry)
6. If your child is not calming return to the room using a calm voice provide reassurance (steps 3), then lay him/her down and tuck in the bedclothes move away from the cot/ bed or leave the room
7. You may have to repeat steps 1-6 several times before your child responds
8. During the day if your child does not respond pick your child up, cuddle until calm then either

  • Reattempt comfort settling (steps 1-4)
  • Stay with your child until asleep
  • Get your child up, continue with daily routine and try again at the next sleep time

9. During the night if your child does not respond continue (steps 1-6) providing comfort / reassurance however if your child remains distressed you may need to consider other options. Such as:

  • Picking your child up and cuddle until calm
  • Offering a drink of water (cup)
  • Staying with your child until they are asleep

The length of time it takes to calm your child will decrease as your child learns to settle.

Self settling
Following a bedtime routine as above:
Prepare your child for sleep as per steps 1 to 3 above.
10. Leave the room promptly allowing the child the opportunity to self settle
11. If your child is not calming, return to the room using a calm voice provide reassurance (step 3), then lay him/her down and tuck in the bedclothes, then leave the room
12. Continue reassuring your child intermittently by comforting in the cot/bed for brief periods until calm and leaving the room for slightly longer periods
13. You may have to repeat the steps several times before the your child responds
14. The length of time out of the room is dependent on your child's level of distress and your capacity to wait and listen for crying to reduce
15. During the day if your child does not respond pick your child up and cuddle until calm then either:

  • Reattempt (steps 1,2, 3,10, 11 and 12)
  • Staying with your child until asleep
  • Getting your child up, continue with daily routine and try again

16. During the night if your child does not respond continue (steps 1-6) providing comfort / reassurance however if your child remains distressed you may need to consider other options. Such as:

  • Picking your child up and cuddle until calm
  • Offering a drink of water (cup)
  • Staying with your child until they are asleep

The length of time it takes to calm your child will lessen as your child learns to self settle.

Gradual withdrawal
This option helps children who may find self-settling too difficult for various reasons such as co-sleeping or high levels of separation anxiety. Following a bedtime routine as above:
Prepare your child for sleep as per steps 1 to 3 above.
17. Remain in close proximity allowing your child to fall asleep with a parent in view. (e.g. chair beside the bed or sitting on the bed)
18. Over time the distance between you and your child is gradually increased as your child gains confidence and the ability to fall asleep without you present.

Parental presence
You may prefer this option if your child is over 6 months of age and has not been separated from you at sleep time. Following a bedtime routine as above:
Prepare your child for sleep as per steps 1 to 3 above.
19. Once calm lie down or sit beside the cot within sight of your child and pretend to be asleep
20. If your child remains awake, give a little cough or quietly 'ssshhh time to sleep' signalling you are still in the room
21. If your child becomes distressed respond with the minimal action required to calm your child and repeat steps 19-20
22. Stay in the room until your child is asleep during the day and sleep in the same room as your child throughout the night
23. This continues for at least 1 week or until your child has 3 consecutive nights of relatively uninterrupted sleep. You can now begin to leave the room before your child is asleep.

For further help:
Visit either your local Child and Family Health Centre or local doctor.
Call Tresillian's 24 Hour Parent's Help Line on (02) 9787 0855 or 1800 637 357 (Freecall outside Sydney)

Extract from http://www.tresillian.net/tresillian-tips/settling-techniques-12-months-to-toddlers.html

 

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VACANCIES
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Blair Athol
Partners In Care Early Learning Centre enrol now
Piper Kindergarten enrol now

Campbelltown 
Broughton Street Early Learning Centre enrol now

Harrington Park
Skoolzout @ Harrington Park enrol now for vacation care and 2013 outside school hours care

Macquarie Fields
Bright Stars Early Learning limited vacancies

Menangle Park
Bellbirds Early Learning Centre just opened, vacancies for all ages.

Minto 
The Rainbow Family Centres for Children - Joste-Lin Farm enrol now

Narellan
Narellan Community Preschool enrol now for 2013
Skoolzout @ Narellan enrol now for vacation care and 2013 outside school hours care

Picton
Picton Community Preschool enrol now for 2013

Raby
Elizabeth Macarthur Montessori limited vacancies
Foundations Learning Centre enrol now

Rosemeadow
Busy Kids Preschool Long Day Care Centre enrol now limited vacancies.

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We individually tailor a plan to suit your family situation. Our techniques are gentle and effective. We offer telephone/Skype consults, Day visits and Overnight support.

For more information about our great services contact us www.sleepangel.com.au or like us on Facebook

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To enter simply email us and tell us how you have used our directory to find child care or child related services.


LOCAL EVENT

First Aid For You have organised public courses for June and July:
ROUSE HILL - Sat 22 June 2013 at 10am at Rouse Hill Library. LEICHHARDT - Sat 20 July 2013 at 10am at Leichhardt Library. BROOKVALE - Sat 20 July 2013 at 10am at Brookvale Community Centre

These courses are based on our very popular First Aid For Families course. Please contact us on 1300 853 050 or info@firstaidforyou.com.au for any queries

PROFESSIONALS FOR CHILDREN
use the links below to see detailed information for care providers
Begin Bright School Readiness & Primary Tutoring Centres
Chatabout Speech Pathology
Frontrunner Learning Centres
Health & Wellness Australia 
Learning-Hats Ready for school & K-6 Tuition centre
Literacy & Learning Centre 
New Growth Children's Therapy Centre
Passageways
Sleep Angel

RESOURCES FOR CARE PROVIDERS
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AFS Consulting
Centres Direct
CleverStuff Educational Toys 
DayspareFirst Aid For You 
Inspire Education
Playsafe Kids Pty Ltd
Total Washroom Systems


ADDITIONAL NEEDS PROVIDERS
use the links below to view detailed information

Learning-Hats Ready for school & K-6 Tuition centre
Nana's Weighted Blankets
New Growth Children's Therapy Centre
SenseAbilities
Sensory Tools Australia
Speak-a-boo! Speech Pathology
The Sydney Irlen Dyslexia Centre For Reading and Perceptual Disorders


RESOURCES FOR PARENTS
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Australian Music Schools

CleverStuff Educational Toys 
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First Aid For You 
Hire For Baby
Dynamic Rhythms Music Centre 
Maternitywear.com.au 
Miffy The Movie
Musica Viva In Schools
Playsafe Kids


CHILD CARE DIRECTORY
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Blair Athol
Partners In Care Early Learning Centre
Piper Kindergarten

Camden
Jellybeans Family Day Care

Camden Park
Leaping Learners Early Learning Centre

Campbelltown 
Broughton Street Early Learning Centre
Campbelltown Community Preschool 
UWS Unique Kids Early Learning

Catherine Field
Catherine Field Pre-School 

Denham Court
Leaping Learners Early Education Centre

Harrington Park
Skoolzout @ Harrington Park 

Ingleburn 
YMCA Sackville Street Outside School Hours Care Centre

Macquarie Fields
Bright Stars Early Learning
Kidzland Preschool Kindergarten & Day Nursery

Menangle Park
Bellbirds Early Learning Centre

Mount Annan
Jenny's Kindergarten - Mount Annan
Leaping Learners Early Education Centre

Narellan
Narellan Early Learning Centre
Narellan Community Preschool
Skoolzout @ Narellan

Narellan Vale
Jenny's Kindergarten - Narellan Vale 

Minto 
The Rainbow Family Centres for Children - Joste-Lin Farm

Picton/Wilton
Cath's Kindy
Picton Community Preschool

Raby
Elizabeth Macarthur Montessori
Foundations Learning Centre
Pied Piper Kindergarten

Rosemeadow
Busy Kids Preschool Long Day Care Centre

CARE IN OTHER AREAS
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St George Local Child Care
Sutherland Shire Local Child Care
Inner West Local Child Care
Parramatta Local Child Care
Liverpool/Fairfield Local Child Care
Western Sydney Local Child Care
Canterbury/Bankstown Local Child Care
Eastern Suburbs Local Child Care
Ryde/Eastwood Local Child Care
Hills Local Child Care
North Shore Local Child Care
Northern Beaches Local Child Care
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