startingblocks factsheet building strong links final

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1 Building strong links between home and child care services Children benefit when their routines and experiences at home and in early education and care services such as child care and preschool are similar and supportive of each other, especially babies and young children, who may be starting early education and care for the first time. Having familiar routines and practices help relieve a child’s separation anxiety while they settle in. It allows them to predict what is going to happen next and encourages them to feel as though they have a sense of control over what is happening in their environment. What types of routines and experiences How can I help to support consistency in my child’s early education and care? should be consistent? • Imagine the types of experiences and routines your Behaviour + child is likely to have in the service Having consistent behaviour guidance strategies • Think how the routines might differ from what establishes clear expectations and helps children happens at home and how you can help your child to understand limits. It’s important that appropriate to understand the routines at the service e.g. you behaviour is role modelled by both your family and staff could talk to your child about or practise sitting to ensure your child receives consistent messages about in a chair for meals and snacks if your child is what is acceptable behaviour. developmentally ready Sleep and rest + • Share information with the staff at the service about the experiences that are important to your child’s It’s best to advise staff about the routines you use at daily routine – your child’s orientation visits are a home for sleep and rest, such as settling techniques good time to talk and share information and if your child has a comfort item like a blanket or special toy. It’s important to talk with staff about routines • Tell the staff at the service about any particular or practices that are used at home for rest and sleep words, phrases or visual cues that you use at home time. Services need to comply with best practice and with your child for routines e.g. certain words you safe sleeping guidelines and are required to have in may use during feeding or toileting. place policies and procedures about sleep and rest for Remember: when attending the service children will children. be part of a group and while staff will give individual attention it may not be the same as they receive at home. Staff working in services must comply with standards and regulations and consider how each activity, experience and routine affects the wellbeing of the whole group, as well as an individual child. By working together, you can implement a range of routines, experiences and strategies for your child, to work at home and at the service. www.startingblocks.gov.au Brought to you by

2 + Sun safety What kind of information is helpful to share with staff at Ensuring that the ‘slip slop slap’ message is emphasised at home and at the service is extremely important to the service ? protect your child’s skin from sun damage. Your child’s interests, likes and dislikes, • favourite toys, patterns of sleeping, eating and Toilet training + toileting, and any behaviour guidance that you Share your toilet training routines and strategies to may use at home help at home and in the service e.g. the signs you can • Issues relating to your child’s health or wellbeing e.g. identify to tell that your child needs to use the toilet. if they were ill over the weekend + Hygiene • Significant events that are happening at home such as a visit from relatives or moving house Share your hygiene routines e.g. the correct way to wash your hands. Visit www.startingblocks.gov.au for a Any new interests or skills that your child is • step by step process. developing • One-off events that have significantly affected your How does effective communication promote child e.g. the loss of a pet. Staff will want to work consistency in your child’s routines and in partnership with you and will regularly share ? experiences information with you about your child. This can help The key to maintaining consistency across home and you to understand why your child may be doing the service is open communication between families, certain things or behaving in certain ways when they staff and children. This provides a strong foundation come home, and can help you to talk with your child to develop partnerships, programs, experiences and about their day and experiences at the service. routines that meet the needs of your child and family. What kind of information is helpful for staff It’s also important for you to provide the service with ? to share with you current information about your child’s experiences at If you have a younger child, details about their • home, as well as information about any requirements sleeping, meals/feeding and toileting that you have or issues that are affecting your child. This will help staff to understand what is happening with • Your child’s daily experiences, who they have your child outside of the service and follow up on this played with, what they liked doing and any unusual during your child’s daily experiences and routines at the events that have affected them e.g. a special activity service. that has taken place, such as a visit from the fire brigade, or something that may have upset them, such as not being able to find a favourite toy • Details about your child’s relationships with other children and the adults at the service • Feedback about your child’s learning, development and interests Any health related issues or details of accidents or • injuries. www.startingblocks.gov.au Brought to you by

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