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Varied reactions to Pyne’s teacher funding pledge

A federal government injection of $16.9 million into teacher education has drawn mixed reviews. Last week, the education minister, Christopher Pyne, pledged the additional $16.9 million over four years to the Australian Institute for Teaching and School Leadership to ensure ...

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AEU: teachers leaving due to rising workloads

Rising workloads are the main reason teachers are leaving the profession, new research conducted by the Australian Education Union has shown. The AEU’s 2015 State of Our Schools Survey had a sample size of 2000 teachers; 42 per cent said they work ...

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Industry bodies support Families Package

Early Childhood Management Services and Early Childhood Australia announced their support on Sunday for the federal government’s Families Package. The $3.5 billion package, announced on Mother’s Day, would be paid for by various budget savings, including cuts to family tax benefits. ...

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Gender-neutral childcare centre opens in Canberra

A gender-neutral outlook is the hallmark of a childcare centre that opened near Canberra last week. Winyu House Childcare, run by YWCA Canberra in the suburb of Gungahlin, will test a range of theories service providers at the YWCA have embraced. Louise Billman, the YCWA’s ...

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Questions over childcare jobs plan

The Abbott government’s changes to childcare subsidies are aimed at getting parents back into jobs, but the only problem is it’s not clear where the jobs and childcare places will come from. Childcare researchers and industry representatives have expressed reservations ...

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Worry some kids miss out in childcare plan

Concerns have been raised that some children may miss out on early education opportunities because their families won’t qualify for subsidies under the Abbott government’s new childcare plan. Children of families with an income of $65,000 or under will continue ...

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No double dipping for baby leave: Hockey

Mother’s Day may not have been the best day to announce changes to paid parental leave, but Joe Hockey says new parents will no longer be able to claim from the Commonwealth if their employer is providing a more generous ...

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