Community Resources for Parents & Children

Activities for Children

#Kick-Start Your Child’s Success  |  Source: MCCSA


Use cleaned empty plastic bottles as skittles, and jars of cream as your bowling ball!
See instructions here and a video demo here!


For this activity you’ll need some recycled paper, sticky tape, clips and glass bottles!
See instructions here and a video demonstration here.

Indoor Hockey

For this activity, you’ll need: recycled papers (magazines/leaflets), paper rolls, rubber bands, sticky tape, scissor, a pencil or pen, bottles, cans, containers, lids.
See instructions here and a video demonstration here.

Shoot at the basket

For this fun activity you’ll just need containers and lids!
See instructions here and a video demonstration here.

Fruit peel container

This activity aims to teach children to use natural materials around us in our daily life, develop children’s creative thinking and improve children’s fine motor skills and hand-eye coordination.
See instructions here and a video demonstration here making a cut orange separating orange separating second part orange

Cardboard phone/pad/book holder

This activity aims to enhance children’s fine motor skill and develop children’s creative thinking  and imagination. See instruction here and a video demonstration here Video cardboard holder

DIY cardboard game

This activity aims to enhance children’s fine motor skill, creative and critical thinking, communication and problem-solving skills.
See instructions here and a video demonstration here Board game how to play Set up board game Video dice

Fishing Game – A popular game played in Ukraine. It’s a game that many children could play at the same time regardless of their age or ability.

Fishing Game Video
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Parenting in the time of COVID-19

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Information on COVID-19

SA Health Updates

Source: SA Health    # Kick-Start Your Child’s Success


Family Safety

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Government Support

Source: Department of Education, Skills and Employment | #Kick-Start Your Child’s Success

Early Childhood Education and Care Coronavirus (COVID-19) Information

As at 9 June 2020

Early Childhood Education and Care Relief Package and Transition Arrangements

The Australian Government has confirmed the Early Childhood Education and Care Relief Package will be extended until 12 July 2020. From 13 July 2020, Child Care Subsidy (CCS) and Additional Child Care Subsidy (ACCS) will recommence with the introduction of a number of new measures to support providers and families through this period. For more information see the Minister’s media release and our Frequently Asked Questions.

The announcement of the transition arrangements provides four weeks’ notice to allow families time to adjust to paying fees and time for services to prepare for the return to CCS.

Early Childhood Education and Care Relief Package

From Monday 6 April 2020, the department has made weekly payments directly to early childhood education and care services in lieu of the CCS and ACCS to help them keep their doors open and employees in their jobs. During this time, families have not been charged fees.

The Early Childhood Education and Care Relief Package will cease on 12 July 2020.

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Government Support

Source: Department of Education, Skills and Employment | #Kick-Start Your Child’s Success

A return to the Child Care Subsidy

Media Release | 8 June 2020

The Hon Dan Tehan MP  – Minister for Education


As Australians return to their workplace, businesses re-open and children return to classroom learning, the Government will resume the Child Care Subsidy (CCS) to support families to access affordable child care.

Minister for Education Dan Tehan said the temporary Early Childhood Education and Care Relief Package, introduced on 6 April, had done its job and would be turned off on 12 July.

From 13 July, the CCS will return, along with new transition measures to support the sector and parents as they move back to the subsidy. To ensure Government support is appropriately targeted, JobKeeper will cease from 20 July for employees of a CCS approved service and for sole traders operating a child care service.

The Government will pay approximately $2 billion in CCS this quarter to eligible families. The CCS is means-tested to ensure that those who earn the least receive the highest level of subsidy.

In addition to the CCS, the Government will pay child care services a Transition Payment of 25 per cent of their fee revenue during the relief package reference period (17 February to 1 March) from 13 July until 27 September. Importantly, the last two payments scheduled for September will be brought forward to help with the transition and cash flow.

This additional Transition Payment of $708 million replaces JobKeeper and applies important conditions on child care providers.

For the period of the transition:

  • Child care fees will be capped at the level of the reference period (17 February to 1 March).
  • Services will need to guarantee employment levels to protect staff who will move off the JobKeeper Payment.

The Government will also ease the activity test until 4 October to support eligible families whose employment has been impacted as a result of COVID-19. These families will receive up to 100 hours per fortnight of subsidised care during this period. This will assist families to return to the level of work, study or training they were undertaking before COVID-19.

“Our Government will support families and services as we transition to the original CCS system. Stopping fee increases during the transition and relaxing the activity test will relieve financial pressure on families that may be doing it tough,” Mr Tehan said.

“The Federal Government supports families by providing more than $8.3 billion a year through the CCS to help them with the cost of child care.

“Under the CCS, out-of-pocket costs were less than $5 per hour per child for the parents of 72.4 per cent of children in centre based day care in the September quarter last year.

“Out-of-pocket costs were less than $2 per hour per child for the parents of nearly 24.4 per cent of children in centre based day care.

“Nearly 80 per cent of providers in the child care sector operate a single child care service, and our child care transition package is designed to support businesses to remain viable while they provide care to children as we ease restrictions further and get more people back to work.

“Our Government introduced the Early Childhood Education and Care Relief Package because Australia’s child care centres were experiencing mass withdrawals which threatened their ability to provide care and continuity of education, particularly to the children of essential workers.

“A review of the package found it had succeeded in its objective of keeping services open and viable, with 99 per cent of around 13,400 services operational as of 27 May 2020.

“Because of our success at flattening the curve, Australia is re-opening for business and that means an increase in demand for child care places, with attendance currently at 74 per cent of pre-COVID levels.

“I would like to thank everyone who works in our child care sector for their hard work and commitment as we acted to contain the coronavirus. Ninety-nine per cent of services remained open and continued providing high-quality care to children while on our temporary relief package.

“Many services faced challenging circumstances during Australia’s lockdown response to COVID-19, and because of their perseverance and commitment they have emerged intact and ready to continue providing care for around one million families.”



Government Support

Source: SA Health, MSN News | #Kick-Start Your Child’s Success

COVIDSafe app – Department of Health

MCCSA encourages all our members to download and sign up to the newly launched non-compulsory government COVIDSafe app to help stop the spread of the coronavirus.

According to the the Australian Government department of health website ‘Downloading the app is something you can do to protect you, your family and friends and save the lives of other Australians. The more Australians connect to the COVIDSafe app, the quicker we can find the virus’.

The app can be downloaded from the Apple Store and Google Play. For more information about the COVIDSafe app visit the department of health website.

From Thursday 16 April to Thursday 30 April 2020, all South Australians with symptoms of COVID-19 will be able to get tested as part of a two week testing blitz.

Patients who meet the following clinical criteria can be tested for COVID-19:

  • Fever OR chills (in the absence of an alternative illness that explains these symptoms) OR
  • An acute respiratory infection (e.g. cough, sore throat, runny nose or shortness of breath)

In addition, Qantas staff members (Adelaide Airport) who have worked in certain in areas of the airport should get tested, even if they do not have any symptoms.

If you other symptoms not listed above, visit the healthdirect SymptomChecker(opens in a new window) to see what you should do. Call 000 (Triple Zero) in an emergency, such as difficulty breathing.

Health Practitioners should refer to the latest COVID-19 CDNA National Guidelines for Public Health Units(opens in a new window) for a comprehensive list of case definitions.

Source: SA Health Two weeks testing blitz – COVID 19 finishing 30 April 2020

Video announcement from the Premier of South Australia the Hon Steven Marshall MP