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Opinion: Greens prioritise early learning now

At the core of the Australian Greens’ commitment ahead of the election is that all families, regardless of their income or employment situation, will have access to affordable, flexible, high-quality childcare and early-childhood education. As a nation, we value education ...

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Childcare habitat a developmental wellspring

As adults, we frequently take our physical environment for granted.  Perhaps this is because we can influence it if we choose to – by, for instance, adorning our walls with art or taking the scenic route to work. Young children, however, ...

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Pollies face off in election forum on early childhood

It has been branded the ‘neverending’ election campaign, yet the end – July 2 – is now in sight. This means inter-party policy forums are in full swing (or squabble, if you will). Early learning finally had its turn to be debated, as Early Childhood Australia (ECA) hosted an event in Adelaide. Liberal Senator Sean Edwards – representing Education Minister ...

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Teachers’ STEM-tech fears may be overblown

Are preschool teachers afraid of apps? The Herald-Sun recently proclaimed “some” preschool educators “are stopping our kids from getting ahead in maths and science” due to their reluctance to teach STEM, particularly via apps. In relying on notes obtained from ...

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Australia the unlucky country for 1 in 6 kids

In 2013, across Australia, 70,000 children faced the prospect of sleeping rough. One in six struggled with daily existence, living below the poverty line. These are just two conclusions from a new report, released to commemorate 25 years since Australia’s ratification ...

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