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Nanny group says subsidy pilot ‘set up to fail’

The Australian Nanny Association has expressed severe concerns about the federal government’s Nanny Pilot, saying it is “set up to fail.” The two-year, $246 million pilot, announced in this year’s federal Budget, offers an hourly subsidy for those accessing home-care ...

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Mixed health messages on technology exposure confusing

Research suggests guidelines on children’s exposure to technology such as mobile phones is confusing for educators and parents. Dr Mary Redmayne, from Monash University’s department of epidemiology and preventative medicine, conducted a review into the health policies of 34 countries ...

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Young picky eaters may have depression

Picky eating in small children may be a sign of serious mental problems that should not be ignored, experts say. Parents and doctors who view food fussiness as a passing phase could be making a grave mistake, a study suggests. ...

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AEU announces work stoppage in Victoria

The Australian Education Union has advised preschool teachers and early childhood educators that industrial action will take place in Victoria on August 13. Professionals will take part in a 24-hour work stoppage, called after negotiations with the Victorian Government for a ...

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Opinion: guide behaviour, don’t manage it

Managing children’s behaviour by instilling obedience in them is largely ineffective, as it encourages rebellion and disruption, an early learning educator has said. Sandi Phoenix, from Phoenix Support for Educators, argues that many established early learning practices manage behaviour rather than guide ...

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Labor looks to longer preschool hours

Preschoolers might find themselves spending longer at school under a federal Labor government. The party has pledged to improve the universal access guarantee by considering options, including increasing hours, to make sure all children get the opportunity to attend preschool. ...

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