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Opinion: do parents need to talk the talk?    

As parents, we all worry about our children’s development, and whether we’re doing the right things to help them achieve. Children from less advantaged backgrounds on average achieve less than their same-aged peers. They also trail behind in spoken language ...

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Outside in: The brave new world of bush kinder

As hard as it might be, tell your little ones to defy Taylor Swift and go back into the woods. Forest preschools (‘bush kinder’, in Australia) are taking off, and offer benefits for intrepid toddlers and teachers alike. Though only recently ...

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Labor, early childcare ‘Growing Together’

With the federal election campaign now seemingly on in earnest, Labor has scored some early points by gaining support from a prominent early childhood advocacy group. Growing Together: Labor’s agenda for tackling inequality, released on Wednesday, includes the party’s strategy for tackling inequality in ...

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Education providers: the government wants your $.02

Early childhood education experts, it’s time to put fingers to keyboards. Terms of reference for the Productivity Commission inquiry into the national school and early childhood education evidence base have been released. The commission is compiling evidence on education data, based ...

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Opinion: new childcare legislation can’t wait

While the Senate Committee charged with considering the government’s childcare package works on its report, parents around the nation continue to cry out for help to make childcare more affordable and accessible. It’s nearly a year since the federal government announced ...

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