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Where can I go for further information?

Raising Children Network
Raising Children Network, funded under the Australian Government’s Stronger Families and Communities Strategy, is a national website aimed at helping families care for their children. The following articles on a range of issues relevant to children and play are available:

National Childcare Accreditation Council (NCAC)
The National Childcare Accreditation Council (NCAC) is a non-profit organisation responsible for administering Child Care Quality Assurance (CCQA) for children’s services in Australia. It aims to assist childcare professionals and families to understand the value of quality care.

Australian Psychological Society
The Australian Psychological Society is the largest professional association for psychologists in Australia. It spreads the message that psychologists make a difference to peoples’ lives, through improving their health and wellbeing and increasing scientific knowledge. Tip sheets on a range of topics related to children’s mental health are available.

Centre for Community Child Health
The Centre for Community Child Health supports and empowers communities to improve children’s health and wellbeing. It operates clinical services, research and programs. The Childcare and Childrens Health section contains a range of resources and publications.

Early Childhood Australia
Early Childhood Australia is the peak national, non-profit, non-government organisation that acts in the interests of young children. They provide a range of options and outcomes to support growth and development of young children. There are articles on issues relevant to child development and mental health including this article on positive separations..

Kidscount
Kidscount, developed by the Australian Childhood Foundation, is a website for parents and carers that provides useful information about supporting children’s development in a range of languages.