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News: Wave Warriors, how to help new parents, and keep your kids safe

news-decWhat’s been making parenting headlines recently?

What competition will have you racing for the beach? Why does the Government want to hear what you think? How can you help new mums-to-be during their pregnancies? What simple lesson can you keep your kids safe when they’re out and about?

Keep reading for the answers to these great questions.

Medibank Wave Warriors Junior Challenge

Is your little one in Nippers? They can come along to the Wave Warriors Junior Challenge! It’s an ocean and beach spectacular – just like what the real Iron Men do. It runs in age groups under 9 to under 15. Created by Champion Ironman Zane Holmes, the Wave Warriors Junior Challenge is in its 4th year!

Events have already been held on the Gold Coast and in Perth, but for the other three events – there’s still time to register!

  • Ocean Grove, Victoria – January 4
  • Newport, NSW – February 1
  • Noosa QLD – February 22

Check out the Wave Warriors website to register!

Child Care and Early Childhood Learning Inquiry

The Government wants to hear what you think! The Productivity Commission has undertaken an inquiry into child care and early childhood learning in order to find out what parents think about the accessibility of care, how much they have to factor care into their life decisions (like returning to work, or study), how much out-of-pocket expense there is, and whether you think child care and early learning centres adequately prepare kids for school.

You can send your feedback by commenting on their website, emailing your thoughts to, or mailing to:

Childcare Inquiry
Productivity Commission
GPO Box 1428
Canberra City ACT 2600.

Have Your Say about pregnancy and parenting!

The Royal Women’s Hospital in Melbourne is creating a new Parenting Kit to help first time parents navigate their way around pregnancy and parenting. So what can you do to help?

If you’re a new parent, or expecting a baby soon – register at Have Your Say to get involved, and then help out by doing the following:

  • Participate in the forum discussion
  • Share your story about becoming a parent
  • Complete the quick survey

Check out the website and help new parents on their journey!

Make sure your kids are safe this summer

Have you ever been caught out when your mobile is dead, but you need to call someone? For kids, this can be a scary situation. The Queensland Police Service and 1800 Reverse have teamed up to remind parents to teach their kids what to do when their phone is dead or out of credit.

It is important to teach all kids under the age of 18 that they can call 1800 Reverse (1800 738 377) even when they don’t have credit – and they can call it from a pay phone if their mobile is dead.

“Equipping children with a tool such as the 1800 Reverse number gives them an important back-up option to help look after themselves, and gives piece of mind to parents that their kids are safe,” said Detective Senior Sergeant Damien Powell of the Missing Persons Unit.

Find more info at – and make sure your kids stay safe this summer!

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