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Bush kindy’s therapeutic, Japanese roots

Tree-time with kids may be good for all kinds of development, including physical stamina, gross motor skills and risk-management skills. But it also has lesser-known benefits for toddlers and adults alike. These are captured in what the Japanese call shinrin-yoku, ...

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Conscientious anti-vaxxers targeted in NSW

Parents who oppose vaccinations on conscientious grounds will no longer be allowed to enrol their children at NSW child care centres under legislation to be introduced by the state opposition. Labor leader Luke Foley announced the policy on Sunday and ...

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Potential of dogs as reading aids unleashed

Weighing 113 kilograms and standing over two metres tall, Baron, an English Mastiff, could be Australia’s largest dog. But that’s not his only claim to canine fame: Baron is also a certified therapy dog. At Penrith Valley School in Sydney’s ...

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Study finds breastfed kids less hyper, not smarter

Breast is best, but won’t make your kids cleverer, researchers from University College Dublin have concluded. Drawing their results from 8000 families from the Growing Up in Ireland longitudinal infant cohort, they used standardised tests in conjunction with maternal reports ...

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