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Don’t paint by numbers, early education expert says

When it comes to preschoolers and crafting, Erika Christakis says it’s the creative journey, not the finished product, that matters. Christakis, a former lecturer in early childhood education at Yale University’s Child Study Center, acknowledged that although the ‘process, not product’ philosophy ...

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Opinion: teasing gets an approving tick

Teasing games are a form of fun, and involve joking or trying to playfully scare a child. They are considered a form of verbal play and important in supporting children’s development. According to Wendy Haight, teasing involves “imagination, symbolic thought ...

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Tussle over QLD autism early intervention funding

All’s not what it seems in early intervention autism funding in Queensland. So says a concerned mother of a child with autism and her almost 30,000 supporters. The Queensland Government was due to phase out funding of early childhood intervention programs ...

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Pools in WA family daycare centres to stay, for now

The Western Australian Government is backpedalling on its proposal to ban pools in family daycare centres in WA, if not nationally. Minister for Community Services Tony Simpson declared the potential ban late last year following the death of toddler Lachlan after ...

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