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The COVID-19 climate has had a significant impact on the early learning sector, with changes to the funding model and the resulting changes to family access, along with revisions to workplace health and safety measures affecting the operations of each individual service Australia-wide.

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As we continue to navigate through the COVID-19 climate, it's important to ensure that the children continue to feel safe and happy with the routines.

For example, some early learning services may have some staff or families wearing face masks as part of the important efforts to stop the spread of COVID-19. Whilst this is an important way to protect everyone's health, young children may find the appearance of people in face masks confronting.

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This article is brought to you by MetLife, Child Care Super's insurance provider. Child Care Super works closely with MetLife to ensure their members and their familes are protected should anything happen to them. The article provides you with useful tips and information about how to look after your health and well-being, because good health is your greatest asset.

There are a lot of things that can easily make people anxious and stressed. This is natural when there are unknown factors in your way. Fear and anxiety can cause strong emotions, which may result in difficulty sleeping. When our sleep is poor, or we cannot get enough sleep, we may not function normally during the day when awake. 

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A new initiative from Kids Alive is set to entertain and educate families about water safety.

The Kids Alive ‘Couch Concerts’ are a series of free online events starting June 1 to help families with little ones learn how to navigate water safety.

Founder Laurie Lawrence said the concept was developed in response to the travel and leisure restrictions that have occurred due to COVID-19, with the organisation concerned kids and parents could be missing out on important water safety messages.