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Actnow.com.au
Acts of passion
Aged & Community Services Australia
A new look at ageing

Australian clearinghouse for youth studies
Australian Department of Health and Ageing
Australian Health Promotion Association
Australian institute of family studies
Australian Institute of Health and Welfare
Australians working together: helping people to move forward
BabyCentre Australia
Barnardos
Benevolent Society - index
Cancer Council New South Wales
Carers Australia
Centre of Knowledge on Healthy Child Development: Offord Centre for Child Studies

Child and youth health: Children, Youth and Women’s Health Service
Department of family and community services
Family Support Services Association of NSW
Facts about sole parents

Fisher-Price
Health news
Joseph Rowntree Foundation
KidsHealth: welcome parents
NCOSS: the Council of Social Service of New South Wales
NSW Anti-Discrimination Board
NSW Commission for Children & Young People
NSW Department of community services (DOCS)
NSW Department of Industrial Relations
NSW Multicultural Health Communication Service
Paediatric policy: children and the media
Parenting and child health
Parenting NSW
Parenting alone factsheet
Parenting Press
Parenting SA
Raising Children Network: the Australian parenting guide
Rural Women’s Network
SharpBrains: brain fitness for all
Sydney Children’s Hospital
Sydney IVF
The law and you
Welcome to the Association of Children's Welfare Agencies: and the Centre for Community Welfare Training
Welcome to SPRC online
Young Carers
Zero to three: the nation’s leading resource on the first years of life

Actnow.com.au (external website)
Providing an outstanding forum for teenagers concerned with contemporary life matters, this resource offers a plethora of interviews, commentaries and discussions on current issues in Australia. The site’s main topics are: Human rights, Education & work, the Environment, Culture, Health, and Your community. The site’s material covers a wide range and it is very up-to-date. This easy to navigate website, with its arty layout and its strong focus on practical tools and action, should appeal to adolescents in their quest to become active citizens. The site is also suitable for teachers investigating a range of topics within HSIE K–6. Teachers would need to check the opinionative content in the open forum. A. Frost
USER LEVEL: Stage 4 Stage 5 Stage 6 Professional
KLA: HSIE; PDHPE
SYLLABUS: Community & Family Studies Stage 6; Geography 7–10; HSIE K–6; PDHPE 7–10; Society & Culture Stage 6
SCIS SUBJECTS: Civilisation; Community services; Consumer education; Education; Environment; Human rights; Social action; Work
PUBLISHER: Inspire Foundation, Australia
REVIEW DATE: 14/07/11 [323] SCIS 1278353

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Acts of passion (external website) (external website)
The Groups in context core module of the Community and Family Studies: Stage 6 syllabus allows for specific focus on the gay and lesbian community. Although not a complete reference, this site does offer some very good information in an area that is often difficult to resource and sometimes difficult to access. Information features new laws and updated rights regarding: property; inheritance; Violence; and Parenting, and is particularly relevant to the social parents section of the Parenting and caring core module, or to other groups studied in the course. Some evaluation of these laws is given. Teachers will need to check for syllabus relevance of links to other sites such as the Gay and lesbian rights lobby. A handbook, with a depth of information, can be downloaded. R. Cox
USER LEVEL: Stage 6
KLA: PDHPE
SYLLABUS: Community & Family Studies Stage 6
SCIS SUBJECTS: Homosexuality – Law and legislation; Law – New South Wales
PUBLISHER: NSW Attorney General’s Department, 2002
REVIEW DATE: 14/07/11 [346.944] SCIS 1109851

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Aged & Community Services Australia (external website)
(external website)Students of Community and Family Studies who are studying the aged in the Module: Groups in context will find this site to be very useful. Most of the essential information needed for this topic is on this website. Teachers will need to direct students specifically to Fact sheets and resources, as the language and length of articles and information provided in other areas is better suited to professional reading. The fact sheets are succinct, with very relevant information on areas such as An ageing Australia, Residential aged care and Carers. Links to a wide range of government and non-government organisations specifically relate to issues of ageing and provide an excellent gateway for student researchers. Teachers will find this site useful for updating knowledge on this area of the course. C. Barlow
USER LEVEL: Stage 6 Professional
KLA: PDHPE
SYLLABUS: Community & Family Studies Stage 6
SCIS SUBJECT: Aged, Services to the; Ageing; Australia – Social conditions; Social welfare – Australia
PUBLISHER: Aged and Community Services Australia
REVIEW DATE: 14/07/11 [362.6] SCIS 1309526

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A new look at ageing (external website)
Here is a colourful, student friendly site that is succinct and directly focused upon the aged. Developed in response to the International Year of Older Persons, in 1999, it contains myths and information related to ageing. Facts about ageing includes some interesting details and statistics, relating to crime and aged people, and about physical decline. Don’t call me Granny deals with self image issues and the inappropriate use of ageist language, which tends to reinforce common perceptions evident in much of society. The journey of life contains basic facts about each decade of the twentieth century, offering a socio political and historical framework for people’s lives. This site is a valuable tool in assisting students with the section of the syllabus related to identifying specific needs, and in offering teachers fact sheets, lesson ideas and links to web sites, that would need to be checked for syllabus relevance. R. Cox
USER LEVEL: Stage 6
KLA: PDHPE
SYLLABUS: Community & Family Studies Stage 6
SCIS SUBJECTS: Ageing
PUBLISHER: NSW Ageing and Disability Department, Australia
REVIEW DATE: 12/11/03 [305.26] SCIS 1109859

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Australian clearinghouse for youth studies (external website)
Designed to provide products and services for those working in the youth field, ACYS has some useful information to support the Preliminary core module, Personal and social identity of the Society and Culture: Stage 6 syllabus and the Preliminary core, Individuals and groups, of the Community and Family Studies: Stage 6 syllabus. Teachers requiring annotations of programs and research as stimulus to involve young people in decision making and promote awareness of social concerns, will find innovative Projects gives ideas for discussion. The topics included could also serve as the basis for student developed surveys of issues of concern for students. Resources gives access to abstracts of articles and suggestions for additional web sites related to a variety of youth issues. Details of how to order the full text of the studies and articles are available. J. Hawkes
USER LEVEL: Stage 6 Professional
KLA: HSIE; PDHPE
SYLLABUS: Community & Family Studies Stage 6; Society & Culture Stage 6
SCIS SUBJECTS: Adolescents in Australia
KEYWORDS: Youth studies
PUBLISHER: Australian Clearinghouse for Youth Studies, Tasmania
REVIEW DATE: 14/07/11 [305.235] SCIS 1067966

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Australian Department of Health and Ageing (external website)
As a resource on the aged relevant to the module Groups in context, in the Stage 6 Community and Family Studies course, this site would be difficult to navigate for many students. It deals primarily with lengthy government reports containing substantial information and requires time to review and develop concise data that best reflects course content. The portal Departmental has an area for Students. Although some of this relates to the Stage 6 PDHPE syllabus, sections focusing on Mental health; Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders; and Rural health, are of value for core 2 of the Stage 6 CAFS syllabus, Groups in context. A number of links on ageing and aged care offer students access to useful information, for example, costs, rights, and standards of aged care are described. These links will need to be checked for syllabus relevance. With patience and time to explore the extensive material, this site could be of value. R. Cox
USER LEVEL: Stage 6
KLA: PDHPE
SYLLABUS: Community & Family Studies Stage 6, Personal Development, Health & Physical Education Stage 6
SCIS SUBJECTS: Ageing
PUBLISHER: Australian Department of Health and Ageing
REVIEW DATE: 14/07/11 [305.26] SCIS1109899

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Australian Health Promotion Association (external website) (external website)
Promoting health awareness and professional networking, the site has some useful sections for senior students researching how Australia is developing health promotion theory and practice. Of particular interest to PDHPE students is the Social determinants of health section, which has NSW specific information on societal factors that affect health from birth to old age. Students will find general information here, resources, articles and a Powerpoint presentation. Overall, the site is reasonably student friendly, with plenty of links that will aid students pursuing a line of research. C. Thomas
USER LEVEL: Stage 6 Professional
KLA: PDHPE
SYLLABUS: Community & Family Studies Stage 6; PDHPE Stage 6
SCIS SUBJECTS: Health attitudes; Health education; Health – Careers
PUBLISHER: Australian Health Promotion Association
REVIEW DATE: 14/07/11 [613] SCIS 1433611

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Australian institute of family studies (external website)
As a centre for research and information about family well being, AIFS has much to offer. Publications, including abstracts from their journal, Family Matters, are available online. Full text of these clear and understandable articles, for all but the three most recent issues, are provided in PDF format. Many of these would be useful for the Preliminary core, Families and communities of the Community and Family studies: Stage 6 syllabus, and for the HSC cores, Groups in context and Parenting and caring. Current research and comment about aspects of family issues are found in Media releases. Links to sites dealing with policies, research, statistics and specific government agencies are annotated and grouped under useful headings, but would need to be evaluated for their curriculum relevance. J. Hawkes
USER LEVEL: Stage 6
KLA: PDHPE
SYLLABUS: Community & Family Studies Stage 6
SCIS SUBJECTS: Family – Australia; Family – Social; Family – Research
KEYWORDS: Child protection; family; youth
PUBLISHERS: Australian Institute of Family Studies, Melbourne
REVIEW DATE: 14/07/11 [306.85] SCIS 1062589

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Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (external website)
Data and analysis of the health and welfare of Australians are comprehensively covered on this site. For the Groups in context module of Stage 6 Community and Family Studies, information is of significant depth. It could also be invaluable in developing the Researching community groups section. Subject portals on the home page enable students and teachers to view substantial reports and access links about the homeless, especially theSupported accommodation and assistance program, and information on the aged. Other groups described and analysed include: Indigenous People;people with a Disability; and rural families. Some students studying the earlier sections of the core related to identifying groups with specific needs, may find the amount of information daunting and would be assisted by teacher input and guidance. R. Cox
USER LEVEL: Stage 6 Professional
KLA: PDHPE
SYLLABUS: Community & Family Studies Stage 6
SCIS SUBJECTS: Public health – Australia
PUBLISHER: Australian Institute of Health and Welfare
REVIEW DATE: 14/07/11 [353.6] SCIS 1111689

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Australians working together: helping people to move forward (external website) (external website)
Information about initiatives in areas of government welfare and employment services is useful for the Community and Family Studies core study: Families and communities. The welfare reforms, detailed here, promote effective participation in the workforce, provide additional training in skills and confidence for those making the transition to work, and outline intensive help available for those with significant problems hindering their attempts to gain employment. Specific groups targeted for support include Parents, People 50+, People with a disability, Indigenous Australians, and Youth. Questions and answers under each category provides insight into the issues that affect each group, giving details and contacts regarding support. J. Hawkes
USER LEVEL: Stage 6
KLA : PDHPE
SYLLABUS : Community & Family Studies Stage 6
SCIS SUBJECTS : Employment – Australia; Social policy; Social welfare – Australia; Voluntary work
PUBLISHER : Commonwealth Government, Australia
REVIEW DATE : 14/07/11 [361.6] SCIS 1168472

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BabyCentre Australia (external website)
Comprehensive information on conception, pregnancy and early childhood is easily accessible on this site, and is well supported with illustrations. Getting pregnant, Pregnancy, 0–12 months, and 24–36 months lead to informative, easy to read articles. Pregnancy, for example, includes preparations for becoming a parent, possible complications, and hints for working while pregnant. A Search function links the user to a wide array of relevant topics. An A–Z organisations feature that can be searched under specific headings such as Baby health, Dads, and Immunisation, links the user to related organisations and will be useful for student research. Although sponsored by Johnson & Johnson, information is provided by medical experts, mainly originating from the UK. Students of Exploring Early Childhood will find this a very useful site, as will students of Community and Family Studies for the Core Unit: Parenting and Caring. C. Barlow
USER LEVEL: Stage 5 Stage 6
KLA: PDHPE
SYLLABUS: Community & Family Studies Stage 6; Exploring Early Childhood CEC Stage 6
SCIS SUBJECTS: Child development; Infants – Growth; Pregnancy
PUBLISHER: BabyCenter, USA
REVIEW DATE: 14/07/11 [649 ] SCIS 1316003

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Barnardos (external website)
The diverse Services offered by the Barnardos organisation to alleviate the effects of abuse, neglect, and homelessness of children and young adults are detailed here. The site provides a most useful example of a community support agency for the topic Family and societal interactions, in the Community and Family Studies syllabus. Summaries of programs for families in difficult situations are provided in Family support, Adolescent support, Mentoring and tutoring, and Disability. Examples of case studies that demonstrate practical applications of support services for specific problems affecting families are found in Barnardos stories. Both R & D projects and Monographs ,found on the Site map, could serve as stimulus for students planning their independent Research project. All information is readable and easily accessible for students. J. Hawkes
USER LEVEL: Stage 6
KLA: PDHPE
SYLLABUS: Community & Family Studies Stage 6
SCIS SUBJECTS: Children – Institutional care; Social welfare – Australia
PUBLISHER: Barnardos Australia
REVIEW DATE: 14/07/11 [362.73] SCIS 1168442

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Benevolent Society - index (external website)
Focusing on helping disadvantaged groups, this charity offers useful information for the HSC option, Family and societal interactions and the HSC core, Groups in context of the Community and Family Studies: Stage 6 syllabus. Children identifies basic components of programs related to Early intervention and Child protection. Women’s health includes information about domestic violence, issues for older women, and young isolated mothers. Ageing explains Residential care and Dementia care. Each section contains Our stories that are useful as brief case studies. The Social leadership program in which a team of business leaders explores complex social issues, may be useful as a discussion starter for students. This may assist in identifying issues and services as part of the HSC depth study on Equality and difference of the Society and Culture: Stage 6 syllabus. J. Hawkes
USER LEVEL: Stage 6
KLA: HSIE; PDHPE
SYLLABUS: Community & Family Studies Stage 6; Society & Culture Stage 6
SCIS SUBJECTS: Social Welfare – New South Wales
KEYWORDS: Adoption; ageing; children; women's health
PUBLISHER: The Benevolent Society, Paddington, NSW
REVIEW DATE: 1/8/11 [361.7] SCIS 1067975

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Cancer Council New South Wales (external website)
Informative and well-written, this site is an excellent starting point for students researching cancer for the PDHPE Stage 6 Core: Health priorities in Australia. Cancer answers and All about cancer contain extensive and contemporary data about the various manifestations of cancer, and the latter pages have some very good graphics, for example, on breast cancer. Information depth and style is appropriate for junior students researching smoking and cancer links. Schools, children and community has a very useful collection of resources and information for teachers, including how to help students cope with cancer. Community and Family Studies students might find the site’s comprehensive material useful for the Individual research project. R. Cox
USER LEVEL: Stage 4 Stage 5 Stage 6
KLA: PDHPE
SYLLABUS: PDHPE 7–10; PDHPE Stage 6; Community & Family Studies Stage 6
SCIS SUBJECTS: Cancer
PUBLISHER: NSW Cancer Council, Australia
REVIEW DATE: 26/05/11 [616.99] SCIS 103170

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Carers Australia (external website) (external website)
A site such as this one is of particular value for the Community and Family Studies core study on Parenting and caring. It contains a straight forward index that allows students to access information concerning support for carers of people who have a disability, a chronic illness, or are frail and aged. Physical and emotional issues, relevant to carers, are considered in Taking care of yourself. A concise summary of a wide range of carer resources and services is featured, providing brief outlines on home maintenance and modifications, and on Respite care. A useful section, About Carers, has solid information featuring carer numbers, their contribution to society, and other relevant statistics. The site also provides contacts to support carers and those being cared for. R. Cox
USER LEVEL: Stage 6
KLA: PDHPE
SYLLABUS: Community & Family Studies Stage 6
SCIS SUBJECTS: Care and health; Disabled; Home care services; Home nursing
PUBLISHER: Carers Australia
REVIEW DATE: 14/07/11 [649.8] SCIS 1111703

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Centre of Knowledge on Healthy Child Development: Offord Centre for Child Studies (external website)
This organisation publishes summaries of systematic reviews on a wide range of topics concerning the development of healthy children, and child and youth mental health. The reviews are presented in four main areas: moods, anxiety, behaviour and attention, and development and learning. The material is all evidence based. The site has excellent information on anxiety problems, and useful explanations of common problems such as ADHD, conduct disorder, depression, learning disabilities, speech and language problems, and advice about successful interventions. Site material is written for teachers and parents, rather than school counsellors, and interactive material, such as What’s your parenting style? supports the Exploring Early Childhood and Community and Family Studies syllabuses. A. Soutter
USER LEVEL: Stage 6 Community Professional
KLA: PDHPE
SYLLABUS: Community & Family Studies Stage 6; Exploring Early Childhood CEC Stage 6
SCIS SUBJECTS: Child development; Children – Management; Disabled children – Care and health; Parent education
PUBLISHER: Offord Centre for Child Studies, Canada
REVIEW DATE: 14/07/11 [305.231] SCIS 1277606

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Child and youth health: Children, Youth and Women’s Health Service (external website)
Promoting the health, well-being and development of families and young people, this South Australian site delivers practical information and advice using accessible language. Stage 3 students may find answers in Kids’ health to sensitive questions about Your safety and Your body. Teen health concentrates on the physical and emotional wellbeing of adolescents, in areas including Relationships and Drugs & alcohol. Contact information in Links and Services refers readers to local and South Australian agencies. Australia-wide links can be found in Resources. Information on this extensive site supports aspects of the PDHPE 7–10 syllabus, particularly Strand 1: Self & relationships and Strand 3: Individual & community health. Stage 6 students undertaking the Preliminary course of Community and Family Studies may also find useful material to support Module 8.3: Families and communities S. Rasaiah
USER LEVEL: Stage 3 Stage 4 Stage 5 Stage 6 Community Professional
KLA: PDHPE
SYLLABUS: Community & Family Studies Stage 6; PDHPE K–6; PDHPE 7–10
SCIS SUBJECTS: Children – Care and health; Adolescents – Care and health; Parent and child; Health education
PUBLISHER: Women’s and Children’s Health network, SA
REVIEW DATE: 24/01/2012 [613]
*1216131* SCIS 1216131

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Department of Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs (FaHCSIA) (external website)
Explanations of government programs which relate to social policy issues are explained on this site. Stronger families describes programs to support effective parenting, access child care and cope with changing roles within the family. Stronger communities promotes self-help and support through government, community and business initiatives related to housing, the homeless and Indigenous groups. Economic and social participation details services to strengthen self reliance in the workplace, promote independence for those with disabilities and provide support for the aged. Lists of state and national services and organisations relevant to family issues are included. These sections support the Preliminary core, Families and communities and the HSC core, Family and societal interactions, and Government and community structures for the Community and Family Studies: Stage 6 syllabus. J. Hawkes
USER LEVEL: Stage 6
KLA: PDHPE
SYLLABUS: Community & Family Studies Stage 6
SCIS SUBJECTS: Australia. Department of Family and Community Services; Australia – Social Policy; Family – Australia; Social Welfare – Australia
KEYWORDS: Communities; families; welfare
PUBLISHER: Commonwealth of Australia, Canberra
REVIEW DATE: 23/8/02 [353.530994] SCIS 1010909

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Family Support Services Association of NSW (external website) (external website)
Organisations to help family members work together are identified on this visually appealing and colourful site. Some useful information is provided for the core study Groups in context in the Community and Family Studies Stage 6 syllabus. A listing of agencies and a brief description of their services is organised by local government area. Within Projects, of particular interest is the 78 page Mapping project, a report of the development of family support since 1988. While there are no links to navigate within the report, it does provide discussion of services available, client statistics and profiles, management concerns, and targets. Students will gain a better understanding of how organisations and welfare agencies can coordinate efforts to support family relations. J. Hawkes
USER LEVEL: Stage 6 Community Professional
KLA: PDHPE
SYLLABUS: Community & Family Studies Stage 6
SCIS SUBJECTS: Community services; Social welfare – New South Wales
PUBLISHER: Family Support Services Association of NSW
REVIEW DATE: 17/06/04 [362.82] SCIS 1158245

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Facts about sole parents (external website) (external website)
Recent statistics, drawn from the Australian Bureau of Statistics, is the backbone of this web site. Analysis of data provides a valuable model of interpreting statistical information, and teachers may choose to access this site when presenting the Module: Research methodology in the Community and Family Studies syllabus. Students researching the area of sole parenting as their Independent Research Project will find this site useful, as will students investigating sole parents in the Module: Groups in context. Information is presented in short blocks and covers areas such as who heads sole families, the degree of disadvantage of sole parent families, ethnicity and sole parent families, and the current payments and benefits available. Some myths about single parent families are discussed, and the article Sole parents deserve praise is worth reading. The site takes some time to open. C. Barlow
USER LEVEL:           Stage 6 Professional
KLA:   PDHPE
SYLLABUS:   Community & Family Studies Stage 6
SCIS SUBJECTS:     Research; Single-parent families
PUBLISHER:            Sole Parents Union, Australia
REVIEW DATE:       14/07/11 [362.82]        SCIS 1210815

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Fisher-Price (external website)
Although a commercial site, this resource also provides a large quantity of very useful information for the Exploring Early Childhood Stage 6 syllabus. The site is colourful and simple to navigate, providing an excellent opportunity for student centred learning activities. Material includes the topics of pregnancy, child growth and development, language, a parenting guide, and toys for specific ages. Fun & games online are also useful tools for students. The site has been developed by identified professionals, including obstetricians, paediatricians, and child psychologists. There is sufficient depth for senior students, and Stage 5 students following school developed child study courses will also find this site a user friendly research tool. Some information is relevant to the Module: Families and communities in Community and Family Studies. C. Barlow
USER LEVEL:           Stage 5 Stage 6
KLA:   PDHPE; TAS
SYLLABUS:   Community & Family Studies Stage 6; Exploring Early Childhood CEC Stage 6
SCIS SUBJECTS:     Children – Growth; Infants – Growth; Play; Pregnancy
PUBLISHER:            Fisher-Price, USA
REVIEW DATE:       14/06/11 [649] SCIS 1210638

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Health news (external website)
Are you looking for current news items on health research, public health and safety, new drugs and therapies, and family health topics, in a no frills format that loads quickly? This straightforward website may have the information you need. Written in news report format by researchers, medicos and staff health reporters, the articles are text only and will suit confident readers. The main menu lists articles by date, title and author. Alternatively, users can Search the site by keyword to access relevant articles. Because of its American information, the site is not especially useful for PDHPE topics. However it does connect very well to students work on assessing the reliability and accuracy of health information provided on websites. B. Smith
USER LEVEL: Stage 5 Professional
KLA: PDHPE
SYLLABUS: PDHPE 7–10
SCIS SUBJECTS: Diseases; Health; Physical fitness
PUBLISHER: Daily News Central, USA
REVIEW DATE: 14/07/11 [613] SCIS 1336611

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Joseph Rowntree Foundation (external website) (external website)
The website of this research charity presents findings and possible solutions to social problems. The relevant issues for teachers are child poverty, parenting, neighbourhood situations, and drugs and alcohol. Research and policy takes users to information which includes articles describing how education can contribute to ending child poverty, and how playground play can develop social capital when parents and teachers work together. There are also children's own perspectives on the concepts of poverty, inequality and social exclusion. This material is useful for teachers exploring the role of the school in promoting social justice. It is also useful for the study of social justice, equality, the family, and parenting, within the Community and Family Studies syllabus, and for students choosing to study England as the selected country in the Society and Culture Core: Social and cultural continuity and change. A. Soutter
USER LEVEL: Stage 6 Community Professional
KLA: HSIE; PDHPE
SYLLABUS: Community & Family Studies Stage 6; Society & Culture Stage 6
SCIS SUBJECTS: Great Britain – Social conditions; Social problems; Social welfare – Great Britain
PUBLISHER: Joseph Rowntree Foundation, UK
REVIEW DATE: 30/04/07 [361.7] SCIS 1294569

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KidsHealth: welcome parents (external website)
http://www.kidshealth.org/parent
Spanning the years from birth to young adult, this great site offers practical advice about children’s health. Written by doctors in a conversational style, the articles address many aspects of emotional, social and physical health. Site users can browse by precise topic or locate information through Search. Students will be well supported by the site when researching the Community and Family Studies Stage 6 Modules: Families and communities and Parenting and caring, and the PDHPE 7–10 Strand: Individual and community health. Recipes are a strong feature of the site with information for students with cystic fibrosis or who are vegetarian, lactose intolerant, or diabetic. Teachers and students will be able to explore a myriad of issues related to becoming a parent through the abundance of information in parenting fact sheets, guides for first time parents and real birth stories. B. Smith
USER LEVEL: Stage 5 Stage 6 Professional
KLA: PDHPE
SYLLABUS: Community & Family Studies Stage 6; Exploring Early Childhood CEC Stage 6; PDHPE 7–10
SCIS SUBJECTS: Child development; Children – Care and health; Health education; Nutrition; Parent and child
PUBLISHER: Nemours Foundation, USA
REVIEW DATE: 14/07/11 [613.2083] SCIS 1156655

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NCOSS: the Council of Social Service of New South Wales (external website)
Promoting social justice for those disadvantaged by poverty, this site offers a great deal of useful background information for the Groups in context core study of the Community and Family Studies Stage 6 syllabus. The organisation coordinates advocacy groups providing community services for refuges, charities, local councils, hospitals, child care centres, and the aged and disabled. Identification of the types of support organisations is enlightening in itself. Hot issues links to reports, articles, and submissions by member agencies on various concerns including chronic illness, criminal justice, DoCS, Medicare, public transport, andhousing. These and Projects, demonstrate the depth of detail and range of issues that are involved in planning adequate services and support for diverse groups within society. J. Hawkes
USER LEVEL: Stage 6 Professional
KLA: PDHPE
SYLLABUS: Community & Family Studies Stage 6
SCIS SUBJECTS: Community services; Social welfare – New South Wales
PUBLISHER: Council of Social Service of New South Wales
REVIEW DATE: 14/07/11 [361.7] SCIS 1158250

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NSW Anti-Discrimination Board (external website)
Anti-discrimination laws, Speeches by the anti-discrimination board, and Media releases, are some of the resources on this concise and readable site. Equal employment opportunities (EEO) and affirmative action is especially useful for understanding government policies, and personal rights and responsibilities, for the Community and Family Studies Stage 6 syllabus option, Individuals and work. This section has a good overview of workplace issues, and it identifies groups that may be discriminated against. Also in this section, Your right to a fair go details practical advice on countering Discrimination, Harassment, and Vilification. Your rights to a fair go at school supports anti bullying programs, as well as aspects of the Legal Studies Stage 6 syllabus. All information is supported with links to more detailed accounts. J. Hawkes
USER LEVEL: Stage 6 Professional
KLA: HSIE; PDHPE
SYLLABUS: Community & Family Studies Stage 6; Legal Studies Stage 6
SCIS SUBJECTS: Discrimination – Law and legislation;
Equality – Law and legislation; Law – New South Wales; Sexual harassment
PUBLISHER: Anti-Discrimination Board, NSW
REVIEW DATE: 14/07/11 [353.4] SCIS 1158232

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NSW Commission for Children & Young People (external website)
(external website)Teachers should allow some time to explore this site as it has multiple and valuable applications to several syllabuses. It is a large site with an unhelpful sitemap, and its mix of student and adult resources and information impedes navigation. Teachers will find worthwhile professional information scattered through the site. The site’s vague headings and site colour and design are pitched at young people, and students will appreciate the excellent advice and information in Links in Arcade, on a wide range of topics including parental separation, handling conflict, and mobile phone use. Community and Family Studies investigations of youth, single parent families, and caring, will find this section and Kids stats particularly useful and easy to understand. The latter has plenty of information in statistics and reports. Teachers involved in welfare programs will also find this site very helpful. C. Barlow
USER LEVEL: Stage 6 Community Professional
KLA: PDHPE
SYLLABUS: Community & Family Studies Stage 6; Exploring Early Childhood CEC Stage 6
PUBLISHER: NSW Commission for Children & Young People, Australia
REVIEW DATE: 14/07/11 [362.7] SCIS 1255456

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NSW Department of Family and Community Services (DOCS) (external website)
Many aspects of the Community and Family Studies: Stage 6 syllabus will be enhanced with the readily accessible range of information on this site. The Site index provides a comprehensive listing of programs, factsheets and reports and services. Supporting the Preliminary core, Families and communities, are concise, and readable articles about parenting; hints, concerns and decisions. These are accessed by age groupings through Parenting page under categories: Babies and toddlers (0-5); Children (6-12); and Teenage years. Our programs, projects and publications can be downloaded for information on topics such as Ethnic affairs and Kids in cars. Contact with organisations concerned with domestic violence, adoption, youth, drugs and alcohol and homelessness is found in Essential support numbers. J. Hawkes
USER LEVEL: Stage 6
KLA: PDHPE
SYLLABUS: Community and Family Studies Stage 6
SCIS SUBJECTS: Family; Social Welfare – New South Wales
KEYWORDS: Children; parenting; young persons
PUBLISHER: NSW Department of Community Services
REVIEW DATE:14/07/11 [353.5] SCIS 1067969

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NSW Department of Industrial Relations (external website)
Information provided here is wide ranging and extremely relevant to aspects of several courses. Links on Employers and Employees provide extensive information on the rights and responsibilities of people in each of these groups. There is a significant amount of information on Equal Employment Opportunities and Occupational Health and Safety management. Other information on Awards, pay rates, or Discrimination and harassment are easy to access. Overall it is a useful site for all high school students who will be joining the workforce in the near future and it is a helpful resource for specified syllabuses. R. Cox, E. Kesby
USER LEVEL: Stage 6
KLA: PDHPE; TAS; VOC ED
SYLLABUS: Business Studies Stage 6; Commerce 7-10; Community & Family Studies Stage 6
SCIS SUBJECTS: Employment;Industrial relations; Wages; Work force – NSW
PUBLISHER: NSW Department of Industrial Relations, Australia
REVIEW DATE: 14/07/11 [354.9] SCIS 1079239

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NSW Multicultural Health Communication Service (external website)
(external website)Targeting an NESB audience, this site has fact sheets on health issues in many languages. Information is clear and concise, and will benefit PDHPE Stage 6 and Community and Family Studies students who are investigating health matters. Each section is easily found from an alphabetical list on the opening page, and articles on Alcohol, Asthma, and Exercise are examples of the many areas of health covered. Information on Infant health, Maternity, and Parenting have substantial relevance for the CAFS Core: Parenting and caring. The site is also very useful for the Studies in Society Years 7–10 syllabus Areas of inquiry: The multicultural society and Health and society. R. Cox
USER LEVEL: Stage 4 Stage 5 Stage 6
KLA: HSIE; PDHPE
SYLLABUS: Community & Family Studies Stage 6; PDHPE Stage 6; Studies in Society 7–10
SCIS SUBJECTS: Ethnic groups in New South Wales – Medical care; Public health in New South Wales
PUBLISHER: NSW Multicultural Health Communication Service, Australia
REVIEW DATE: 14/07/11 [362.84] SCIS 1253543

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Paediatric policy: children and the media (external website)
(external website)Interesting research topics for the Community and Family Studies syllabus can be found on this site. The site employs minimum visual stimuli and a simple linear layout, with concise information that is often in point form. In the Table of contents, the initial policy Recommendations are of limited value, but the section Impact of the media on children highlights both benefits and potential harm. Children with emotional or developmental problems are usually more vulnerable to television and advertising inluences, and Potential benefits, Areas of potential harm, and Factors that influence media-related outcomes discuss this issue in detail. Community and Family Studies students will be able to develop skills in critical analysis in this section of the site. The resource also has particular import for the HSC Core: Parenting and caring. R. Cox
USER LEVEL: Stage 6 Professional
KLA: PDHPE
SYLLABUS: Community & Family Studies Stage 6
SCIS SUBJECTS: Mass media and children
PUBLISHER: Royal Australasian College of Physicians, Australia
REVIEW DATE: 26/05/06 [302.23] SCIS 1253523

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Parenting and child health (external website)
(external website)A well-organised site, this resource contains a wealth of information on all areas of health. Health topics is the most useful section for teachers and students, and an alphabetical index within categories makes pinpointing information a very simple task. Hundreds of diverse topics are included, and information is efficiently laid out under headings within each topic. The structure of this site makes it ideal for independent research by students. Health news can be tracked in Weekly updates, and Resources has a selection of fact sheets. Information particularly relates to the CAFS Option: Contemporary food issues – Nutrition in Food Technology; the Modules: Groups in context;and Parenting and caring; as well as a range of topics in Exploring Early Childhood. C. Barlow
USER LEVEL: Stage 6 Professional
KLA: PDHPE; TAS
SYLLABUS: Community & Family Studies Stage 6; Exploring Early Childhood CEC Stage 6; Food Technology Stage 6
PUBLISHER: Children, Youth and Women’s Health Service, Australia
REVIEW DATE: 14/7/11 [613] SCIS 1255245

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Parenting NSW (external website)
A variety of information about parenting for families ranging from those being planned to those with older teenagers is easily accessible and relevant for the HSC Core: Parenting and caring . Hints and concise, practical articles, found in tips & case studies,are also available through Publications. Both sections can be searched by categories of age groups and specific topics including: Childdevelopment/ behaviour, Health, Parenting–general, and Relationships. Brief annotations are given of the online articles. Details of support services available in local community areas are accessed through the Parentingservices directory. Brief summaries and locations of these individual agencies are provided and will certainly raise awareness of community support for families in students’ local areas. J. Hawkes
USER LEVEL: Stage 6
KLA : PDHPE
SYLLABUS : Community & Family Studies: Stage 6
SCIS SUBJECTS : Behaviour modification; Children – Management; Parent and child
PUBLISHER : Centre for Parenting and Research, NSW Department of Community Services
REVIEW DATE : 14/07/11 [649] SCIS 1168462

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Parenting alone factsheet (external website)
A collection of short factsheets, this basic site has information expressed in a clear succinct style. Layout is appealing and uncomplicated, and site users simply scroll linear pages. The factsheets are well written paragraphs, and they deal with concerns such as Death, Dating, Making decisions, and Overcoming loneliness. Students will have no problems accessing information. Resource material is relevant to the Community and Family Studies syllabus Modules: Parenting and caring and Groups in context. Teachers may find this site useful for student research and for developing class notes. No hotlinks are provided, but the telephone numbers of parenting support and service organisations are listed. C. Barlow
USER LEVEL:           Stage 6
KLA:   PDHPE
SYLLABUS:   Community & Family Studies Stage 6
SCIS SUBJECTS:     Parent and child; Single-parent families
PUBLISHER:            Dept. for Community Development, WA
REVIEW DATE:       14/06/05 [362.82]        SCIS 1210644

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Parenting Press (external website)
Informative and useful, this site is more about the child than the parent, making it useful as a research tool for CAFS Core 1. The site includes parenting advice, resources, brochures, and an online magazine. Teachers may be useful as a research tool for students in the development of their Independent research project. Classroom activities are interesting and well-resourced with online teaching materials. Parents is also useful for ideas on relating to and helping young children socially and educationally. Updated regularly, the site contains the latest information on books and other resources. Links deal with issues of staying calm, feelings, punishment and child guidance, problem solving, death, grief and loss, development, values, temperament, child safety and communication. M. Timperley
USER LEVEL: Stage 6 Community
KLA: PDHPE
SYLLABUS: Community & Family Studies Stage 6; Exploring Early Childhood CEC Stage 6
SCIS SUBJECTS: Parent and child; Publishers and publishing
PUBLISHER: Parenting, USA
REVIEW DATE: 14/07/11 [070.50973] SCIS 1300583

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Parenting SA (external website)
Easy to read information sheets on a full range of child development topics from birth to adolescence and aspects of parenting are provided through the Parenting easy guides (PEGs) listings. These can be searched under broad headings of Aboriginal PEGs, General parenting PEGs, and Multicultural PEGs, thus making them useful for some cultural studies of families. Topics as diverse as Aboriginal – storytelling, Sibling rivalry, Grandparenting and Teenage parties are clearly presented. Other topics are related to parenting rights, teenage parents, and grandparenting. The Web links section has a wide array of potentially useful links to support groups and services for parents, such as the Children, youth and women’s health service. Students will be able to use this site to easily locate required and valid information for assessment tasks related to children or family. C. Barlow
USER LEVEL: Stage 5 Stage 6
KLA: PDHPE
SYLLABUS: Community & Family Studies Stage 6; Exploring Early Childhood CEC Stage 6
SCIS SUBJECTS: Parent and child
PUBLISHER: Children, Youth and Women’s Health Service, Australia
REVIEW DATE: 14/07/11 [649.0942] SCIS 1316006

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Raising Children Network: the Australian parenting guide (external website)
An outstanding source of information on raising children, the site reviews issues and responsibilities including family management, pregnancy, fathers, work and family, money and finances, and the law. Children’s behaviour, communication, development, health, nutrition, play and learning, safety and sleep, are outlined for each age group, from birth to school. A variety of tools and activities are included, such as the interesting Parenting in pictures. There is detailed information for children with special needs. Good graphics, video and audio helpfully support written information. The site is easy to navigate with standard searches, an A-Z index, and a quick browse function. This is a comprehensive resource for students undertaking the Exploring Early Childhood syllabus. A. Frost
USER LEVEL: Stage 6
KLA: PDHPE; TAS
SYLLABUS: Community & Family Studies Stage 6; Exploring Early Childhood CEC Stage 6
SCIS SUBJECTS: Child development; Children – Management
PUBLISHER: Raising Children Network (Australia)
REVIEW DATE: 14/07/11 [649] SCIS 1271656

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Rural Women’s Network (external website)
Women’s diverse roles, unique expertise, and social and economic impact in rural NSW are discussed on this regularly updated site. Issues including isolation, health, services, family and community are relevant to thecore study Groups in context, in the Community and Family Studies Stage 6 syllabus. Strong role models of talented, innovative women, devising solutions to concerns in their communities, are shown in snapshots of finalists in the 2004 RIRDC Rural Women’s Award. The Country web newsletter is informative and well written, and back issues include Learning, which focuses on rural youth. What’s new? also has interesting youth information, and Links gives valuable insight into rural issues, families, and communities. Supervision is recommended in referring students to the Discussion lists. J. Hawkes
USER LEVEL: Stage 6 Community Professional
KLA: PDHPE
SYLLABUS: Community & Family Studies Stage 6
SCIS SUBJECTS: Country life – New South Wales; Women
PUBLISHER: Rural Women’s Network
REVIEW DATE: 14/07/11 [305.4] SCIS 1158235

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SharpBrains: brain fitness for all (external website)
The site contains information and news about cognitive fitness, research, and activities for brain development. It is an interesting mix of science and health, with application to precise parts of Science, HSIE and PDHPE syllabuses. For example, there are several articles on aging, applicable to the Community and Family Studies syllabus. The most useful parts of the site for teachers are: Education and learning, with materials such as Helping students build emotional intelligence; Teasers: brain games, many of which are outstanding; and the How to guide: all about brain fitness. For professional learning, the site is a fine resource for teachers researching connections between learning, cognitive fitness and brain development. Articles and references form interesting background reading for educationalists, with particular application to the concept of lifelong learning. M. Kenney
USER LEVEL: Stage 6 Professional
KLA: HSIE; PDHPE; Science
SYLLABUS: Biology Stage 6; Community & Family Studies Stage 6; PDHPE Stage 6
SCIS SUBJECTS: Brain stimulation; Intellect; Thought and thinking
PUBLISHER: SharpBrains, USA
REVIEW DATE: 01/06/10 [153] SCIS 1455398

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Sydney Children’s Hospital (external website)
General information about the hospital’s services and events are available on this bright and easy to use website. In Education, the Factsheets give information about a large range of childhood diseases, conditions and issues. The fact sheets use the same template, have Australian information and undergo review to ensure accuracy of information. The site is a valuable resource for investigating support services in the Community and Family Studies Core: Parenting and caring and the PDHPE 7–10 Strand: Individual and community health. The site is also an excellent model for website developers, owing to its clear layout, use of pop-up menus and the clever and unusually presented Virtual tour. For quick and easy viewing, the services in the Directory of services are in alphabetical order. B. Smith
USER LEVEL: Stage 4 Stage 5 Stage 6
KLA: PDHPE; TAS
SYLLABUS: Community & Family Studies Stage 6; Exploring Early Childhood CEC Stage 6; Graphics Technology 7–10; PDHPE 7–10
SCIS SUBJECTS: Children’s hospitals
PUBLISHER: Sydney Children’s Hospital, Australia
REVIEW DATE: 14/7/11 [362.11] SCIS 1334218

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Sydney IVF (external website)
Students of Parenting and caring will find this site of benefit when studying Community and Family Studies syllabus content regarding IVF. All facets of infertility and IVF treatment are addressed. Moral beliefs and their associated dilemmas are thoroughly analysed, which is a significant advance in an area where critical analysis is required and resources tend to be scant. In Assisted conception, the diary format of One couple’s story allows for an empathic perspective, as readers follow an expectant mother during the IVF process. The information throughout the web site is clear and concise, and would be an excellent catalyst for class discussion. R. Cox
USER LEVEL:           Stage 6
KLA:   PDHPE
SYLLABUS:   Community & Family Studies Stage 6
SCIS SUBJECTS:     Fertility and infertility; In vitro fertilisation; Pregnancy
PUBLISHER:            Sydney IVF, Australia
REVIEW DATE:      
14/07/11 [618.1]          SCIS 1206631

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The law and you (external website)
Information and types of support available through this agency will be useful for the core study Groups in context in the Community and Family Studies Stage 6 syllabus. How legal aid can assist provides advice about services related to family law, child support, domestic violence, and mental health. A wide range of issues including Aboriginal people, Discrimination, and Young people is found in Legal topics A-Z.Descriptions of Recent cases are clear with appropriate jargon. Koori links has many suggested contacts to government, educational, and Aboriginal organisations. The site will help students identify the needs and resources available to support specific groups within the community, and to examine how that support works in practice. J. Hawkes
USER LEVEL: Stage 6 Professional
KLA: HSIE; PDHPE
SYLLABUS:
Community & Family Studies Stage 6; Legal Studies Stage 6
SCIS SUBJECTS: Legal aid – New South Wales
PUBLISHER: Legal Aid Commission of NSW
REVIEW DATE: 14/07/11[362.5] SCIS 1164950

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Welcome to the Association of Children's Welfare Agencies: and the Centre for Community Welfare Training (external website)
The association initiates research and provides input to policy development related to children’s welfare. The site provides access to a number of support agencies, as studied in the Option Family and societal interactions. The association's Activities include compiling a Community and family services directory that allows searching under categories of services for various health and welfare agencies in NSW. This also provides a breakdown of types of services. Research links is a recently updated database which identifies a number of Australian organisations that are useful for the overall course. J. Hawkes USER LEVEL: Stage 6 Professional
KLA: PDHPE
SYLLABUS: Community & Family Studies Stage 6
SCIS SUBJECTS: Child Welfare – New South Wales
PUBLISHER: ACWA, Australia
REVIEW DATE: 14/07/11 [362.7] SCIS 1164953

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Welcome to SPRC online (external website)
This independent research centre of the University of NSW focuses its attention on research and discussion of social policy in Australia. Details about Seminars and conferences may be of interest to students. Research provides concise annotations of projects currently being undertaken, and could serve as stimulus for both topics and social and cultural research methods for the Personal interest project in Society and Culture: Stage 6 syllabus and the Independent Research Project for Community and Family Studies Stage 6 syllabus. Publications includes current articles, abstracts and further details of scholarly research in the field downloadable in PDF files. Links to other sites, found in Other resources would need to be checked for curriculum relevance. J. Hawkes
USER LEVEL: Stage 6 Professional
KLA: HSIE; PDHPE
SYLLABUS: Community & Family Studies Stage 6; Society & Culture Stage 6
SCIS SUBJECTS: Australia – Social conditions; Social welfare – Australia
KEYWORDS: Social policy
PUBLISHER: Social Policy Research Centre, UNSW, Sydney
REVIEW DATE: 14/07/11 [361] SCIS 1067962

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Young carers (external website)
As a useful resource to supplement the booklet, Being a student, being a carer and being a kid, which was distributed to schools in 2003, this web site provides information for students who have extra responsibilities at home. The Young carers section is particularly good, with some interactive material, games, and a proforma to create a care plan. Such a plan is an essential consideration, which is often overlooked in these situations. Primary teachers explains the brief of the site and provides useful information on how to identify and support these students. The site estimates that there are probably two young carers in each Australian classroom. Clearly written for young users to access information in a technologically friendly way, the site is a valuable resource for students and teachers. A. Soutter
USER LEVEL: Stage 2 Stage 3 Stage 4 Professional
KLA: PDHPE
SYLLABUS: Community & Family Studies Stage 6; PDHPE K–6; PDHPE 7–10
SCIS SUBJECTS: Children; Classroom activities; Home nursing; Young adults
PUBLISHER: Carers Australia
REVIEW DATE 14/07/11 [362.1023] SCIS 1238608

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Zero to three: the nation’s leading resource on the first years of life (external website)
Run by a non profit organisation, this site provides advice on raising healthy babies and toddlers. About us describes the site’s intentions, and there is a useful collection of recent articles in Play, Movement, and Music. The simple language of Parenting A-Z provides information on many topics relating to the socialisation of children. In this section, Brain wonders explains how the brain works and takes a look at early literacy. Child and family web guide takes users to a portal that may be useful for related research, as this directory evaluates and describes additional sites. Teachers would need to verify links for curriculum relevance. C. Barlow
USER LEVEL: Stage 6
KLA: PDHPE
SYLLABUS: Community & Family Studies Stage 6; Exploring Early Childhood CEC Stage 6
SCIS SUBJECT: Child development; Infants; Parent and child
PUBLISHER: National Center for Infants, Toddlers and Families, USA
REVIEW DATE: 14/07/11 [305.232] SCIS 1189245

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