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Newsletter – Winter 2017

Check out the latest Kids at Home Newsletter. Great new format, but full of useful and interesting information for Educators and Families.newsletter

In this issue;

  • Every Child is a Star
  • Introduction of electronic signing of attendance records
  • Fire Safety and First Aid
  • Book Corner
  • Dental Hygiene Week
  • Jobs for Families Package
  • Absences from Care
    …. and much more!
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Sun Smart Indicator and Keeping Cool Tips

What do you do to cool down?
Here are some simple tips to help us get through this heat.

  • Avoid being outside between 11am -3pm – remember strict sunsafety practices. Keep yourself informed with the days UV index.
  • There is a Sunsmart app that you can down load which is very handy to help with planning
  • Real time UV index – check it out below –  If the UV is Orange (6-7), Red (8-10) or Purple (11 or higher) these are high and best to keep indoors and undercover during these times or limit the time outside and wear sun protective clothing, a hat, sunscreen, sunglasses and seek shady areas
  • Drink water frequently and encourage children to take regular sips of water throughout the day
  • Avoid sugary drinks and caffeine such as fruit juice/drink, soft drinks, coffee, tea.
  • Stay in cool areas as much as possible, inside the home with a fan/air con on
  • If going on outings: limit outside time and aim to use venues with air conditioning
  • Closing curtains and windows early in the morning will keep the home cooler throughout the day with the use of fans/air conditioning
  • Opening up windows and doors to capture a breeze – if there is one around!
  • Wear loose clothing, children may only be in nappies or just pants to assist them with cooling indoors and under cover in full shade
  • Use spray bottles of water to spray a mist at each other to cool ourselves down
  • Wet a piece of muslin or cotton cloth and place around neck, on wrists, behind knees – this has a great cooling effect especially if a fan is available



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Kids and Bats Don’t Mix

The Communicable Diseases Branch of the Department of Health, has recently updated the ‘Kids and bats don’t mix’ poster  (below). Now that summer is here, it is important to know that bats are particularly affected by extreme temperatures with large numbers having been found on the ground under trees in previous years.


  • All bats in Australia have the potential to carry Australian bat lyssavirus (ABLV);
  • ABLV is a virus in the same family as rabies and can be transmitted from bats to humans through bites;
  • If a bat is found, do NOT touch it or let children touch it;
  • Only people with specialist training, current rabies vaccination and the appropriate personal protective equipment should handle bats;
  • Call a specialist bat handler to collect the bat:
    • RSPCA – 1300 ANIMAL (1300 264 625);
    • Department of Environment and Heritage Protection – 1300 130 372;
    • Your local wildlife care group / rescuer / carer;
  • If the bat is found by children ensure you keep a list of all the children in attendance;
  • If there is any possibility that there has been a bite, scratch or mucous membrane exposure, even if you can’t see any injury, IMMEDIATELY notify your local Public Health Unit.


**The poster is also available to download from the Queensland Health website at

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Prepare for Storm Season

NQF e-Bulletin

Preparing for storm season

Living in Queensland means always being prepared for severe weather events, including bushfires, summer storms and other natural disasters.

With the arrival of summer and cyclone season, you are strongly advised to put together an emergency kit and to ensure that your staff are well prepared.
You should also:
  • trim tree branches to keep them well clear of your service
  • arrange for an arborist to check larger trees on your property
  • check and clean your roof, gutters and downpipes
  • identify loose objects such as outdoor furniture and toys that will have to be put away or secured if a storm approaches
  • have masking tape for windows/doors and plastic sheeting or large garbage bags available, in case of emergency
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National Reconciliation Week

National Reconciliation Week

The week of 27 May to 3 June 2016 is National Reconciliation Week (NRW), which commences with the anniversary of the 1967 Referendum in which Australia agreed to include Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in the census, and ends with the anniversary of Mabo Day 1992, when the High Court of Australia recognised that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people have a special relationship to the land.

The theme for this year is ‘Our History, Our Story, Our Future’.reconcilliation week

‘Our History’ reminds us all that historical acceptance is essential to our reconciliation journey.

‘Our Story’ reflects that the journey towards reconciliation forms a significant part of Australia’s story.

‘Our Future’ reinforces that reconciliation must live in the hearts, minds and actions of all Australians as we move forward.

The Reconciliation Australia website includes ideas on how to get involved, such as promoting the week with families, discussing reconciliation at a staff meeting, participating in professional learning on cultural competency, and planning activities for children aimed at enhancing knowledge of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures – consistent with the Early Years Learning Framework.

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Kids at Home New South Wales

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We are delighted to announce that Kids at Home has received service approval from the State Regulatory Authority to operate in New South Wales.

Kids at Home has been operating for almost 7 years in Queensland, and is dedicated to and passionate about providing quality Family Day Care. We are now expanding to New South Wales and we are looking for like minded Family Day Care professionals.

If you want to join our enthusiastic and dedicated team we are now seeking expressions of interest from new or experienced Educators in New South Wales.

Contact us now for more information or complete our Educator Expression of Interest form here.

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Big Kids at Home News

Kids at Home News!!!

Following up on our full week of events for National Family Day Care Week last week, we still have more great things coming for Kids at Home.

Watch this space for more news soon!

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Family Day Care Week

Every Child is a Star

Here are some pictures of our National Family Day Care week event in Brisbane. Thanks to all who attended and supported our event.

Special thanks to Coles, Woolworths, McDonalds, Kidsafe and Terri Butler MP.

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Free Community Events

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Every Child is a Star

Celebrate National Family Day Care Week with Kids at Home

Kids at Home is hosting a full week of events to celebrate National Family Day Care week.

The events, themed around ‘Every Child is a Star’, are to celebrate each child’s individual qualities, and the benefits of Family Day Care, and will be held on the Gold Coast, South Brisbane, North Brisbane and Hervey Bay. Additional activities will be held in Family Day Care environments throughout the Kids at Home service.

Our main events, held on Tuesday 3rd May (Brisbane South side) and Thursday 5th May (Brisbane North side) will feature a wide range of activities and entertainment including;

  • Ginger Sports Soccer
  • Nicky Noo Dancing and Singing
  • Face Painting
  • Indigenous Story Time (3rd May only)
  • Star Collage Activity and Play Dough
  • Star Biscuit Decorating
  • Gift Bags and more…
  • FREE for children, families and Educators!!!

In addition, we will have;

  • Free Star Crafts and Gift Bags at Boomerangs Play Centre in Helensvale on the 4th May (10am to 11.30am)
    • (Note: payment is required to enter Boomerangs – contact Boomerangs for details)
  • Free Kids Music and Movement Program plus fruit and play afterwards at Kidzone Play Centre in Pialba on the 6th May (9.30am to 11.30am)
    • (Note: payment is required to enter Kidzone, special rates may apply for groups or Educators – contact Kidzone for details)

Where and when?Every Child is a Star

  • Tuesday 3rd May (10am-12pm) – Whites Hill Exploration Park, Boundary Road, Camp Hill.
  • Wednesday 4th May (10am – 11.30am) – Boomerangs Play Centre, 502 Hope Island Road, Helensvale.
  • Thursday 5th May (10am-12pm) – John Goss Reserve, Maundrell Terrace, Chermside West.
  • Friday 6th May (9.30am – 11.30am) – Kidzone Play Centre, 79 Islander Road, Pialba, Hervey Bay.


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