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Please note: these resources were produced to provide information to families and services in relation to the Child Care Quality Assurance systems which were replaced by the National Quality Framework on 1 January 2012. The information contained in these resources was current as at 15 November 2011. Please see information produced under the National Quality Framework for current recommendations in relation to quality child care.

Commemorative Issue - September 2011

Celebrating the successes of 18 years of NCAC

Quality child care on the national agenda

Quality child care makes a difference

Where are they now? Profiles of some of the first Accredited services

It’s all about relationships: Perspectives on quality child care

Australia’s quality child care journey – Reflections from the field

Accreditation Update to Putting Children First: Keeping services informed

Putting Children First

Snaps to you! Services that participated in NCAC photo shoots

The stories we’ve shared: Services that have featured in NCAC case studies

Farewell from NCAC’s General Managers

Issue Thirty Eight - June 2011

Attracting and retaining Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander educators and staff (PDF 833kb - New Window)

Ask a Child Care Adviser: Helping families to understand the National Quality Framework (PDF 798kb - New Window)

My Time, Our Place – Framework for School Age Care in Australia (PDF 816kb - New Window)

Talking and listening: Helping children to cope with disasters (PDF 776kb - New Window)

The ‘third teacher’ – creating child friendly learning spaces (PDF 830kb - New Window)

Resource reviews (PDF 791kb - New Window)

Learning about the world: Science experiences for young children (PDF 815kb - New Window)

Making sense of it all – young children and sensory processing (PDF 820kb - New Window)

Immunisation in child care settings (PDF 753kb - New Window)

Bridging the gap: Working with grandparents (PDF 805kb - New Window)

Factsheet for families: Immunisation and child care (PDF 780kb - New Window)

Issue Thirty Seven - March 2011

Exciting changes ahead for Australian child care (PDF 644kb - New Window)

Centipede at Glebe School prepares for the transition to the National Quality Framework (PDF 694kb - New Window)

Ask a Child Care Adviser: Preparing for a Spot Check (PDF 674kb - New Window)

The Early Years Learning Framework in practice – one year on in the journey (PDF 738kb - New Window)

Nurturing children’s spirituality (PDF 712kb - New Window)

NCAC’s reconciliation journey: The launch of our first Reconciliation Action Plan (PDF 747kb - New Window)

Resource reviews - Talkin’ up and speakin’ out: Aboriginal and multicultural voices in early childhood and Wombat Stew Cookbook (PDF 685kb - New Window)

Kids in the kitchen – cooking experiences with children (PDF 675kb - New Window)

Keeping sun safe in child care (PDF 676kb - New Window)

As safe as houses: Occupational Health and Safety in child care (PDF 654kb - New Window)

Factsheet for Families: Sun safety in child care (PDF 621kb - New Window)

Issue Thirty Six - December 2010

Ask a Child Care Adviser: Using information from families to plan for children (PDF 602kb - New Window)

Good relationships are the first step in one service's Quality Assurance journey (597kb - New Window)

My Time, Our Place: Framework for School Age Care in Australia (PDF 571kb - New Window)

Making health and safety a priority (PDF 559kb - New Window)

Keeping pets in child care (PDF 570kb - New Window)

Caring for the inner child - minimising stress in child care settings (PDF 602kb - New Window)

The world is a child's stage - dramatic play and children's development (PDF 616kb - New Window)

What does 'fair' mean? Exploring social justice issues with children (PDF 587kb - New Window)

Case study: Addressing social justice with the children at Magic Pudding Child Care Centre (PDF 540kb - New Window)

Resource reviews - Muddypaws and the birthday party and Response Ability (PDF 577kb - New Window)

Developing and implementing your service's child protection policy (PDF 598kb - New Window)

Positive pathways to managing staffing changes in your service (PDF 616kb - New Window)

Factsheet for Families: Sharing information about your child (PDF 570kb - New Window)

Issue Thirty Five - September 2010

Ask a Child Care Adviser: Toilet training (PDF 433kb - New Window)

The Child Care Quality Assurance Systems - maintaining momentum (520kb - New Window)

Learning Stories - narratives of the complex ways that children learn (PDF 458kb - New Window)

A matter of respect: Recognising young children's right to privacy (PDF 460kb - New Window)

Working with children when their family breaks down (PDF 470kb - New Window)

Cultural diversity and Accreditation (PDF 523kb - New Window)

Supporting children with language difficulties (PDF 487kb - New Window)

Planning for 8 - 12 year old children (PDF 454kb - New Window)

Resource reviews - What if all kids are white? and On your potty! (PDF 458kb - New Window)

Learning naturally - gardening with children (PDF 487kb - New Window)

Embracing diversity in families (PDF 475kb - New Window)

Factsheet for Families: Toilet training in child care (PDF 446kb - New Window)

Issue Thirty Four - June 2010

Ask a Child Care Adviser: Communicating about difficult issues (PDF 156kb - New Window)

Safe sleeping in child care (PDF 137kb - New Window)

Talk to me! Communicating with babies (PDF 120kb - New Window)

Why communicating with babies is important (PDF 359kb - New Window)

Individual programs for children - an EYLF perspective on best practice (PDF 156kb - New Window)

How welcome would Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander families feel at your service? (PDF 418kb - New Window)

Learning through art (PDF 130kb - New Window)

Resource reviews - The Waterhole and Visions of Creativity in Early Childhood: Connecting Theory, Practice and Reflection (PDF 163kb - New Window)

School of thought: Case studies of different philosophical approaches (PDF 424kb - New Window)

Managing challenging behaviours with children who have additional needs (PDF 428kb - New Window)

Putting the 'people' into performance management and appraisals (PDF 379kb - New Window)

Factsheet for Families: Safe sleeping in child care (PDF 463kb - New Window)

Issue Thirty Three - March 2010

A message from DEEWR - Working with NCAC to keep quality a priority (PDF 204kb - New Window)

Ask a Child Care Adviser: Food Safety (PDF 250kb - New Window)

Special Feature: Getting to know the Early Years Learning Framework and making it everyday practice (PDF 341kb - New Window)

Beyond 'twinkle twinkle' - music experiences in child care (PDF 272kb - New Window)

Resource reviews - When I'm Feeling Angry and Programming and Planning in Early Childhood Settings (PDF 240kb - New Window)

A sensitive issue: Biting in child care (PDF 278kb - New Window)

Genuine celebrations: Including cultural experiences in the program (PDF 271kb - New Window)

Managing change in child care (PDF 264kb - New Window)

Factsheet for Families: Biting in child care (PDF 231kb - New Window)

Issue Thirty Two - December 2009

Supporting children’s development: Life skills (PDF 237kb - New Window)

Ask a Child Care Adviser: What is best hygiene practice – handwashing or hand gels? (PDF 172kb - New Window)

Positive goodbyes: Helping children and families to manage separations (PDF 185kb - New Window)

Let's talk! Having meaningful conversations with children (PDF 181kb - New Window)

Food for thought – promoting healthy eating in child care (PDF 198kb - New Window)

Resource reviews - The Very Hungry Caterpillar and Everyday Goodbyes (PDF 154kb - New Window)

Making meal times positive (PDF 165kb - New Window)

Managing food allergy and anaphylaxis in child care (PDF 420kb - New Window)

Factsheet for Families: Healthy eating in child care (PDF 132kb - New Window)

Issue Thirty One - September 2009

Supporting children’s development: Problem solving and mathematical thinking (PDF 212kb - New Window)

Ask a Child Care Adviser: Effective toileting and nappy change procedures (PDF 230kb - New Window)

I'm not scared! Risk and challenge in children's programs (PDF 225kb - New Window)

Supporting partnerships through family participation (PDF 181kb - New Window)

Playing fair – Gender equity in child care (PDF 255kb - New Window)

Resource Reviews (Pearl Barley and Charlie Parsley children's book; Questacon website) (PDF 184kb - New Window)

Inclusive practice: Working with families who are vulnerable (PDF 207kb - New Window)

Creating a child-friendly garden (PDF 216kb - New Window)

The other three Rs – recruiting, recognising and retaining employees (PDF 223kb - New Window)

Factsheet for Families: Participating in your child care service (PDF 162kb - New Window)

Issue Thirty - June 2009

Supporting children’s development: Gross motor skills (PDF 260kb - New Window)

Ask a Child Care Adviser: Policies and procedures in everyday practice (PDF 234kb - New Window)

Including Aboriginal Australia in your service (PDF 205kb - New Window)

Managing bullying in child care (PDF 237kb - New Window)

Developing a culture of learning through reflective practice (PDF 217kb - New Window)

Helping families work through the challenges they may experience using child care (PDF 235kb - New Window)

Using television in child care (PDF 160kb - New Window)

Working with gifted children (PDF 186kb - New Window)

Factsheet for Families: Bullying and child care (PDF 158kb - New Window)

Resource Reviews (192kb - New Window)

Issue Twenty Nine - March 2009

Supporting children’s development: Making choices in play (PDF 271kb - New Window)

Ask a Child Care Adviser: Preparing for the Validation Visit (PDF 211kb - New Window)

Ethics: a part of everyday practice in child care (PDF 245kb - New Window)

Going ‘green’ in child care services (PDF 192kb - New Window)

Digital technology and computers in child care (PDF 161kb - New Window)

Fostering children’s relationships (PDF 161kb - New Window)

Working with children with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) (PDF 158kb - New Window)

Working with other professionals (PDF 146kb - New Window)

Resource Reviews (PDF 149kb - New Window)

Factsheet for Families: Fostering children’s relationships (PDF 154kb - New Window)

Issue Twenty Eight - December 2008

Supporting children’s development: Fine motor skills (PDF 223kb - New Window)

Ask a Child Care Adviser: Preparing for the start of a new year (PDF 163kb - New Window)

Supporting leaders in child care services (PDF 201 - New Window)

Resource reviews (PDF 225 - New Window)

Communicating with new families (PDF 216kb - New Window)

Developing a handbook for families (PDF 157kb - New Window)

Connecting with children’s lives (PDF 197kb - New Window)

Factsheet for Families: Supporting children’s fine motor skills (PDF 186kb - New Window)

Issue Twenty Seven - September 2008

Ask a Child Care Adviser: Managing challenging issues with families (PDF 164kb - New Window)

Supporting children’s development: creative expression (PDF 268kb- New Window)

Managing staff changes positively (PDF 232kb - New Window)

Computers in child care (PDF 179kb - New Window)

The value of superhero play (PDF 220kb - New Window)

Supporting children through loss and grief (PDF 199kb - New Window)

Resource reviews (PDF 350kb - New Window)

Factsheet for Families: Supporting children through loss and grief (PDF 157kb - New Window)

Issue Twenty Six - June 2008

Ask a Child Care Adviser: Including children’s perspectives in the program (PDF 261kb - New Window)

Supporting children’s development: literacy skills (PDF 365kb - New Window)

New NCAC resources for services (PDF 298kb - New Window)

Assisted Inclusion Readiness (AIR) Plans (PDF 108kb - New Window)

Working with children with autism (PDF 256kb - New Window)

Writing comments in the Validation Report (PDF 165kb - New Window)

Professional publications (PDF 260kb - New Window)

Keeping up to date with current practice (PDF 197kb - New Window)

Resource and website reviews (PDF 197kb - New Window)

Managing stress in child care services (PDF 127kb - New Window)

Factsheet for Families: Children’s literacy (PDF 146kb - New Window)

Issue Twenty Six - June 2008

Ask a Child Care Adviser: Including children’s perspectives in the program (PDF 261kb - New Window)

Supporting children’s development: literacy skills (PDF 365kb - New Window)

New NCAC resources for services (PDF 298kb - New Window)

Assisted Inclusion Readiness (AIR) Plans (PDF 108kb - New Window)

Working with children with autism (PDF 256kb - New Window)

Writing comments in the Validation Report (PDF 165kb - New Window)

Professional publications (PDF 260kb - New Window)

Keeping up to date with current practice (PDF 197kb - New Window)

Resource and website reviews (PDF 197kb - New Window)

Managing stress in child care services (PDF 127kb - New Window)

Factsheet for Families: Children’s literacy (PDF 146kb - New Window)

Issue Twenty Five - March 2008

Supporting children’s development: social skills and relationships (PDF 354kb - New Window)

Ask a Child Care Adviser: safety checks in child care services (PDF 151kb - New Window)

Adopting a strengths approach in child care services (PDF 209kb - New Window)

Supporting partnerships with families through parent committees (PDF 176kb - New Window)

Guiding children’s behaviour (PDF 183kb - New Window)

Resource reviews (PDF 152kb - New Window)

Writing a Continuing Improvement Plan (PDF 145kb - New Window)

Factsheet for Families: Parent Committees (PDF 145kb - New Window)

Issue Twenty Four - December 2007

Ask a Child Care Adviser: Building links with your community (PDF 156kb - New Window)

Brain Development and the Life Course - the importance of the early caretaking environment (PDF 217kb - New Window)

What happens after the Validation Visit? (PDF 131kb - New Window)

Celebrating the Holidays (PDF 91kb - New Window)

Valuing Male Child Care Professionals (PDF 197kb - New Window)

Resource reviews (PDF 148kb - New Window)

Factsheet for Families: Starting child care (PDF 128kb - New Window)

Issue Twenty Three - September 2007

Ask a Child Care Adviser: Working collaboratively with families to implement quality practices (PDF 168kb - New Window)

Supporting Children with Additional Needs (PDF 213kb - New Window)

Professional Support: Working with children with additional needs (PDF 103kb - New Window)

Developing a Service Philosophy (PDF 193kb - New Window)

Involving Families in Planning for Quality Improvement (PDF 127kb - New Window)

Promoting Road Safety in Child Care Services (PDF 223kb - New Window)

Factsheet for Families: Communicating with Your Child Care Service (PDF 130kb - New Window)


Issue Twenty Two - June 2007

Typical Practice in Child Care Services (PDF 199kb - New Window)

Accessing Relevant Information from Recognised Authorities (PDF 109kb - New Window)

Professional Development for Staff, Carers and Managers (PDF 284kb - New Window)

Professional Development Review: Gangari (PDF 187kb - New Window)

Ask a Child Care Adviser: Managing Change Effectively in Child Care Services (PDF 153kb - New Window)

Quality Assurance Without Folders (PDF 179kb - New Window)

Factsheet for Families: Dealing with Change in Your Child Care Service (PDF 131kb - New Window)

Issue Twenty One - March 2007

Protecting Children: Strategies for Creating Safe Environments (PDF 300kb - New Window)

Ask a Child Care Adviser: Strategies to Assist Services Preparing For and During Validation Visits (PDF 213kb - New Window)

Helping Children to Cope with Media Coverage of Traumatic Events (PDF 207kb - New Window)

The Continuing Improvement Guide (PDF 195kb - New Window)

Service Profiles: Using the Continuing Improvement Guide (PDF 155kb - New Window)

Completing the Confirmation of Service Details Form (PDF 110kb - New Window)

Factsheet for Families: Protecting Children from Inappropriate Media (PDF 147kb - New Window)

Issue Twenty - December 2006

Building and Supporting Teamwork (PDF 229kb - New Window)

Effectively Marketing Your Service (PDF 249kb - New Window)

Special Feature: Developing Policies - Putting Practice to Paper (PDF 281kb - New Window)

Managing Critical Events in Children's Services (PDF 210kb - New Window)

Supporting Children to Settle into Care (PDF 193kb - New Window)

Factsheet for Families: Settling Children into Child Care (PDF 135kb - New Window)

Issue Nineteen - September 2006

NCAC Policy Development Guide (PDF 150kb - New Window)

Meeting Quality Assurance Requirements with Minimal Resources (PDF 213kb - New Window)

Planning Experiences for Children (PDF 183kb - New Window)

Environmental Experiences in Child Care (PDF 298 kb - New Window)

New to Quality Assurance? (PDF 247kb - New Window)

Factsheet for Families: Planned Experiences for Children (PDF 130kb - New Window)

Issue Eighteen - June 2006

Electrical Safety in Children's Services (PDF 175kb - New Window)

Ask a Child Care Adviser: Dental Health (PDF 236kb - New Window)

Issue Sixteen - December 2005

Ask a Child Care Adviser: Enrolment and Orientation (PDF 190kb - New Window)

Healthy Lifestyles for Children (PDF 237kb - New Window)

Issue Sixteen - December 2005

Ask a Child Care Adviser: Enrolment and Orientation (PDF 190kb - New Window)

Healthy Lifestyles for Children (PDF 237kb - New Window)

Issue Fifteen - September 2005

Ask a Child Care Adviser: Supporting Health and Hygiene Skills (PDF 201kb - New Window)

Safe Sleeping Practices for Infants (PDF 145kb - New Window)

Supervision in Children's Services (PDF 269kb - New Window)

Health and Safety Information on the Internet (PDF 176kb - New Window)

Issue Fourteen - June 2005

Ask a Child Care Adviser: Positive Staff Interactions Benefit Children (PDF 166kb - New Window)

Talking with Babies and Toddlers (PDF 215kb - New Window)

Encouraging Inclusive Behaviour (PDF 139kb - New Window)

Children Learn Through Play (PDF 174kb - New Window)

Issue Fourteen - June 2005

Ask a Child Care Adviser: Positive Staff Interactions Benefit Children (PDF 166kb - New Window)

Talking with Babies and Toddlers (PDF 215kb - New Window)

Encouraging Inclusive Behaviour (PDF 139kb - New Window)

Children Learn Through Play (PDF 174kb - New Window)

Issue Thirteen - March 2005

Involving Children in Program Planning (PDF 188kb - New Window)

Comment Writing in the Validation Report (PDF 116kb - New Window)

Gathering Evidence in Outside School Hours Care (PDF 131kb - New Window)

Issue Twelve - December 2004

The Validation Report Discussion (PDF 224kb - New Window)

Safety and Your Child Care Service (PDF 155kb - New Window)

Issue Eleven - September 2004

Child Care Adviser Q & A: Keeping Records of Children's Progress (PDF 155kb - New Window)

Issue Nine - March 2004

Maintaining Quality: Integrating QA into Daily Life (PDF 132kb - New Window)

Issue Five - March 2003

A Collaborative Approach to Achieving and Maintaining Quality (PDF 192kb - New Window)

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