One of the biggest hazards we face as early childhood Educators is back injuries. The amount of times we bend, stretch, lift throughout the day is endless and this can put a strain on your back, causing serious long term injuries.
When children observe, interact and care for an animal it can provide an enriching experience and be a valuable part in learning about empathy, relationships and nature. It also teaches children about responsibility and nurture. Although there are many benefits services must also balance the potential health hazards associated with the presence of an animal.
Educators and other staff who are pregnant need to be aware of how some infections can affect their unborn child. If a staff member is pregnant, it is even more important than usual for the education and care service to make sure that all staff are following good infection control practices.
Just imagine a line down the centre of the body. Crossing the midline is a child's ability to reach across the middle of the body with arms and legs crossing over the opposite side. It's an important developmental skill needed for writing, putting on shoes and socks, hitting a ball with a bat and more.
For Educators, ECT's and Trainees earning minimum wages in their respective Award, as of 01 July you will receive a 3% increase. Check your increased wages in the relevant wage table available in each of the Articles below.