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$449 $249

This is a fantastic course for first time parents or those caring for babies, toddlers and children. You will learn a variety of skills including promoting safe sleep and creating a healthy and safe environment.

"I have just started this course and it is everything I am looking for. I was a little unsure at first whether to look online for parenting advice! I'm so glad I did. " - Jean

Parenting can be a daunting experience. In a short time, you feel you have to become an expert feeder, nappy changer and baby sleep guru! It's normal not to have all the answers. This course will provide you with that extra help so you can improve and create a better life for you and the children in your care.

During this parental guidance course you will learn how to provide positive toilet training experiences, how to promote positive eating behaviours and importantly how to enhance your relationship with the children in your care.

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Upon successful completion of this course you will receive an OCA Certificate of Achievement in Caring for Babies, Toddlers & Children Certificate.

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Sample extract from our Caring for Babies, Toddlers & Children course.

Promote Quality Mealtime Environments
Mealtimes in a quality early childhood setting should provide for a relaxed, social setting and the promotion of good diet and healthy eating habits, both of which are important to the growth and development of children. An early childhood setting should: 

• Ensure there are regular times for meals and snacks that meet the needs of the children.
• Create a relaxed and pleasant social environment.
• Respect the children’s choices and allow them access to make their own choice.
• Check with parents before new foods are offered to children for food allergies, cultural or religious practices that may impact on these children.
• Work with children on developing appropriate table manners.
• Encourage the children to stay at the table and talk until all children are finished their food.

Educators should ensure that they:

• Sit with the group to guide conversation and ensure calm at the table.
• Encourage the children in social talk amongst their table.
• Eat some food offered with the children.
• Encourage and accommodate children’s self-feeding skills.
• Do not rush children but encourage them to pace themselves. Encourage children to try a small sample of a new food.

Mealtimes allow for social interactions with the children. To minimise concerns you can:

• Have small groups of children sit together.
• Provide opportunities for children to assist in setting up and clearing away.
• Provide size appropriate utensils and drink in small jugs that children can serve themselves.
• Manage waiting times for children to minimise disruption.

Ensure Babies are Fed Individually
Infants in early childhood setting have individual feeding needs. It is important to work with the family to develop a feeding plan. Families and early childhood providers must work together closely to ensure that infants are being fed in ways that promote healthy growth. Early childhood providers are responsible for feeding infants in their care appropriately based on the regular feeding routines families have developed.

As an early childhood educator, you are responsible for following the parents' guidelines for feeding their infants. It's important to talk to parents often about this topic. Work together, with the family to establish a feeding plan that describes what to feed the infant and how often. Extra advice can be provided to parents if necessary to ensure all nutritional requirements are being met.

Approved Standards for Safe Storage and Heating
It is important to mix formula to the correct ratio to water to make sure that the baby is getting just the right amount of nutrients. As infants don’t have much immunity to germs it's important to take extra precautions to protect them from illnesses.
• Check the expiration date.
• Make sure that the can isn't dented.
• Keep formula cool but not frozen.
• Heat and cold can degrade the ingredients and the nutrients in formula, so keep unopened liquid and powdered formula in a cool place.
• Store in a cool dry place.
• Don't leave cans indirect sunlight, and don't put them in the freezer.
• Once you open a can of formula, follow the directions on the can for storage.
• Once you've opened a can of powdered formula, use it within a month.

Heating Formula and Breast Milk
• Fill a jug with hot water.
• Place the bottle in the hot water for no more than 15 minutes, as any longer could cause bacteria to develop.
• Seal the bottle with a cap over the teat while it's in the water.
• Once the bottle is warmed through, shake it to make sure the temperature is even.
• Another option is to use an electric bottle warmer. It will take around four to six minutes to heat a bottle to the perfect temperature for your baby.
It is not recommended to heat up a bottle of formula you've made from powder earlier in the day. Mix a fresh bottle of formula for each feed. Even if you store formula milk in the fridge, bacteria can develop slowly.
Don’t warm a baby’s milk in the microwave, because uneven pockets of scalding milk can form. The milk will also continue to heat up for some time after you've taken it out of the microwave.

Breast Milk
Breast milk has been found to have properties that protect it from bacterial contamination which allow it to be stored longer than was previously thought.
Safe guidelines for breast milk storage are listed below:
• Freshly expressed milk may be stored at temperatures slightly below room temperature (such as in a cooler with icepacks) for up to 24 hours.
• Freshly expressed breast milk can be kept at room temperature for up to 10 hours (colostrum or milk expressed within 6 days of delivery can be stored 12 hours at room temperature).
• Milk that has been kept at room temperature prior to being placed into the cooler, safe storage time in the cooler may be decreased.
• Freshly expressed breast milk can be kept in a refrigerator for up to 8 days.
• Store breast milk at the back of the refrigerator rather than in the door.
• Freshly expressed breast milk can be placed in the freezer compartment inside a refrigerator for up to 2 weeks.
• Freshly expressed breast milk may be kept in a self-contained freezer unit of a refrigerator for up to 36 months, it should always be stored at the back of the freezer and storage time may vary depending upon how often the door is opened.
• Previously frozen milk may be kept in the refrigerator for up to 24 hours after it has completely thawed.

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