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If a family plans to take a child on an extended holiday, it is worth having a conversation with them in good time about their options for holding their place in your service.

The Child Care Provider Handbook has this to say, in Chapter 6.1, about long absences:

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Over six months have passed since the early learning sector’s transition to the new Child Care Subsidy (CCS), which took effect on 2 July 2018. 


Impact on families

Quite rightly, the introduction of the new Child Care Subsidy has raised many questions among the sector about the impacts on families and identifying those that will benefit from the new system and those who are worse off. 


We know that those households with one stay at home family member and an income over $65,710 now receive no subsidy whatsoever under the new Child Care Subsidy. It has been estimated that over 30,000 families who were eligible for some level of subsidy under the previous system are no longer receiving any support at all. 


The following case study was provided by Eskay Kids, Karana Downs, Queensland. 
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Eskay Kids, Karana Downs, Queensland
At Karana, we have built a strong staff team, who are both highly competent and also have longevity of service.  Our staff turnover is virtually non-existent. 
I credit this with the way we view our team.  We are NOT just a group of people doing a job.  We are a family team.  I give my team every respect, trust, care and autonomy in their work.  I encourage the team to find their strengths and sit in that space. It’s quite simple really – extend the same philosophies to your staff team, that you expect them to extend to the children.

Kids Alive

Tragically, drowning is a leading cause of accidental death in children under 5 in Australia.

Many children will also experience non-fatal drownings, which can lead to debilitating life-long disabilities.

This is why water safety education is so important for all young children in Australia.
To help prevent drowning fatalities and injuries, Laurie Lawrence and the and the "Kids Alive - Do the Five" team have released an online resource which promotes water safety to young children and offers a professional development opportunity for Early Childhood Educators.