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Leave time for creative play, educator says

The current focus on literacy and numeracy outcomes could inhibit a child’s creativity, a Queensland-based early learning provider has said. Sue Southey, co-director of Springwood Community Kindergarten, said increased pressure from parents for more formalised learning in early childhood has created an imbalance ...

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Researchers look to promote early literacy

A study is underway at Charles Sturt University to help young children write and draw at home and at childcare. Researchers from CSU’s School of Education are examining how parents and early childhood professionals understand the importance of literacy in children ...

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Budget: ECA and FDCA response

Early Childhood Australia and Family Day Care Australia have both issued responses to the childcare reforms announced in the federal Budget. Treasurer Joe Hockey announced a $4.4 billion package to streamline childcare rebates into a single subsidy. If passed, families ...

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Story time helps kids eat their veggies

The simple act of reading aloud positive stories about food and nutrition can boost fruit and vegetable intake in young children, according to research from Queensland-based dietitians. Aloysa Hourigan, an accredited practising dietitian at Nutrition Australia Queensland, found the amount of ...

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PPL system the problem, not parents: Morrison

The federal government now concedes that parents who access both their employer’s and government’s paid parental leave schemes are not the problem. It’s all about the rules. “The system itself is the problem, not the individuals,” the social services minister, ...

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