Resources, information and links Page ContentGetting started in education and careSettling into an early childhood education and care service is a big event in your and your child's life. These fact sheets will help you prepare for your child's first day:Read more about finding and choosing an early childhood service, including information about:How to choose a serviceComparing types of early childhood services Assessing the quality of services Finding a service Making the early years countBabies and children are learning through every experience, and there are so many ways for parents to support their child's early learning and development each day. Find tips, activities and information at The Early Years Count website. External LinkRaising childrenRaising children is not always easy but there are resources that can help you meet some of the challenges.A guide to websites, books and DVDs that may answer some of your parenting questions.Helplines, support services, tips for new parents, budgeting for a baby and help with breastfeeding.Early childhood developmental milestones.Parenting tip sheetsLiving with babies (PDF, 245KB) (DOC, 77KB)Living with toddlers (PDF, 176KB) (DOC, 70KB)Being a dad (PDF, 211KB) (DOC, 63KB)Once upon a time - why reading is important (PDF, 261KB) (DOC, 66KB)Why play is important (PDF, 228KB) (DOC, 68KB)Home alone (PDF, 247KB) (DOC, 67KB)Marching to a different drum (PDF, 257KB) (DOC, 66KB)Screen time and children (PDF, 180KB) (DOC, 68KB)Getting support (PDF, 245KB) (DOC, 64KB)Early learningParents and carers help shape children's early learning before they start school. Reading to young children.Supporting your child's learning at home - resources are aimed at kindy-aged children and include tip sheets, videos and e-books.Supporting children with Austism Spectrum Disorder transition from kindergarten to school.Helping your child enjoy a positive start to school.Choosing a quality family day care serviceWatch our latest videos on quality in family day care services and discover the elements to consider when choosing a service.