Resources and Support Materials

The links and resources below are intended to help students studying courses in childcare and Early Years. The contribution of the International Childcare College in assembling these resources is gratefully acknowledged.

 

Support Materials for ICCC Students

Student Induction Pack (pdf) We have prepared this booklet for Eduserve students studying ICCC qualifications by distance learning. It will help you get your studies off to a smooth start. It includes detailed guidance on accessing the course materials, finding the learning resources and uploading work for assessment.

 

Australian Childcare Regulations

National Quality Framework This is the website of the Australian Children's Education & Care Quality Authority. It includes comprehensive guidance on the National Quality Framework and national regulations relevant to childcare.
National Regulations (pdf) These comprehensive  national regulations include minimum staff ratios, staff qualifications, health & safety, hygiene, record keeing, policies & procedures and much more. They were issued by the Ministerial Council for Education, Early Childhood Development and Youth Affairs in December 2011

 

Australian Early Years Learning Framework (EYLF)

Belonging, Being and Becoming (pdf) An overview of the EYLF produced by the Australian Government Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations in 2009
Early Childhood Australia This site provides ongoing support for people and organisations implementing the EYLF. It includes a range of support materials, an e-newsletter and some free downloadable articles
Children's Services Central Although this site is focussed on supporting childcare centres in New South Wales, Australia it includes a lot of free resources and useful general information.
The EYLF Educators' Guide (pdf) A guide produced by the Australian Government Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations. Includes useful practical examples of the EYLY in action.
The EYLF Parents' Guide (pdf) A short guide produced by the Australian Government Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations.
Unravelling the Essence of the EYLF (pdf) A guide produced by Children's Services Central

 

Allergies and Immunisation

Allergy Action Plan (pdf) Developed by ASCIA (Australian Society of Clinical Immunology Inc)
Anaphylaxis Action Plan (pdf) Developed by ASCIA (Australian Society of Clinical Immunology Inc). Includes guidance on use of an EpiPen.
Insect Allergy Action Plan (pdf) Developed by ASCIA (Australian Society of Clinical Immunology Inc)
Anaphylaxis Fact Sheet (pdf) Fact sheet prepared for Victorian Government Schools in Australia
Asthma Action Plan (pdf) A sample action plan prepared by the Department of Health and Ageing, Australia

 

Health and Nutrition

Caring for Infants (pdf) A guide to feeding infants in long day care centres, prepared by New South Wales Department of Health
Food for Health (pdf) Dietary guidelines for children and adolescents, prepared by the Australian Department of Health and Ageing
Hand Washing Poster (pdf) Poster by the Australian National Health and Medical Research Council
Nappy Change Poster (pdf) Poster by the Australian National Health and Medical Research Council

 

Model Policies

Child Care (pdf) Health and Safety in Children's Centres - Model Policies and Practices (2003). Prepared by the University of New South Wales on behalf of NSW Children's Services and Early Childhood Australia.
Family Day Care (pdf) Health and Safety in Children's Centres - Model Policies and Practices (2003). Prepared by the University of New South Wales on behalf of NSW Children's Services and Early Childhood Australia.
Bullying Among Young People (pdf) A guide for teachers and carers

 

Ideas for Creating Learning Environments

Disco (pdf) Creating a space for movement
Lights, Shadows and Mirrors (pdf) Making the space look different
Outside Classroom (pdf) A wilderness space
Paper Trail (pdf) Transforming a space with paper
Tactile Space for Babies (pdf) A creative space for the very young
The Doll's House Project (pdf) Making a 'small world' space
The Open Story Book (pdf) Spaces inspired by stories
The Queen's Knickers (pdf) A giant character as a creative space
Under the Sea (pdf) A space for role-play
Winter Wonderland (pdf) A space that can be packed away

 

Safety

Kidsafe NSW Website with lots of downloadable fact sheet on fall zones, safety of mobile equipment, playground safety and more.

 

Social Development

Assisting Social Development (pdf) A guide for parents and teachers
Lessons in Learning (pdf) Let the children play: Nature's answer to early learning. A guide by the Canadian Council on Learning
Parents Reading to Children (pdf) A guide to empowering parents through reading - by readingrockets.org
Play: An Important Tool for Cognitive Development (pdf) An article from Extensions - Curriculum Newsletter from Highscope
Reading to Infants (pdf) Why stories are important for babies and toddlers. A tip sheet from the Queensland Office for Early Childhood Education and Care