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Nannies network at conference

Networking and professional development was the focus of the Australian Nanny Conference over the weekend. The first of its kind in Australia, the conference had a wide range of speakers and programs , with seminars presented by various childcare and nannying ...

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Indonesia keen to supply nannies to Australia

Indonesia may contribute to the army of nannies needed for a taxpayer-subsidised Australian trial. The two-year program, announced in April, will target shift-worker parents such as police and nurses, as well as families in regional areas that find it difficult to ...

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Working from home has benefits for families

Research from the Bankwest Curtin Economic Centre (BCEC) has found working from home has overall strong benefits for families. Associate professor Mike Dockery, principal lead research fellow at BCEC spearheaded the study and examined how working patterns affected family relationships. The results ...

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Study examines mental illness in new dads

Understanding the transition by men into fatherhood and the tools that can help them is the focus of new research launched by Griffith University and the Queensland University of Technology. The study, funded by beyondblue, aims to promote satisfaction in fatherhood and examine ...

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Opinion: educators, speech pathologists should team up

Young children need plentiful learning experiences to set foundations for later life achievement. Speech, language and communication are critical skills to develop. Children with good communication skills are better able to develop strong relationships with parents, families and carers, leading ...

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Survey to explore vaccination fears

Researchers are hoping to get to the sharp end of parents’ fears about childhood vaccinations by conducting a nationwide survey. A team from the University of Queensland’s Parenting and Family Support Centre is asking parents of children 5 years old ...

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Lunchbox inspections called perverse

A University of Queensland health expert has labelled the practice of inspecting children’s lunchboxes at school perverse and unlikely to improve children’s health. Associate professor Michael Gard of UQ’s School of Human Movement and Nutrition Sciences said hysteria about childhood ...

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