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To smack or not to smack

  How to discipline children in today’s fast-paced world is a dilemma for many parents. What seemed straightforward a generation or two ago is no longer the case. Yet, corporal punishment continues to be popular. Possibly because many parents interpret ...

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No jab, no play in Vic childcare, kindy

Parents who don’t believe in vaccinating their children would no longer be able to take them to childcare or kindergarten in Victoria under proposed reforms. The state government is introducing legislation that would require children to be fully vaccinated before such ...

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Breakthrough may lead to ear infection vaccine

Scientists have announced a breakthrough that may lead to a vaccine for middle ear infections, a common childhood ailment. Researchers from Griffith University’s Institute for Glycomics and the Nationwide Children’s Hospital in Ohio have found that a bacterial pathogen responsible for middle ear ...

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NAPLAN itself to blame for poor results: lecturer

Disappointing results for this year’s NAPLAN tests show a problem with the test rather than the teaching, a Charles Sturt University literacy expert has said. Released last Wednesday, preliminary results from this year’s NAPLAN show improvements in literacy and numeracy have plateaued ...

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AEU cancels work stoppage in Vic preschools

The Australian Education Union has overturned its decision to hold a work stoppage for preschool teachers. The proposed industrial action was set to take place on Thursday, August 13, after negotiations with the Victorian Government for an increased preschool teacher wage hit roadblocks. ...

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