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Childcare educators blamed for rising costs

David Leyonhjelm: Professionalisation of the industry the reason  for escalating childcare costs.

Liberal Democratic senator David Leyonhjelm has a new enemy: childcare educators. He described their role as “wiping noses and stopping the kids from killing each other”, and proceeded to blame escalating childcare fees on the industry’s professionalisation. “They brought in ...

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Go bush with kids this summer, academics urge


Yesterday, six-month-old Leila enjoyed her first ocean swim at Sydney’s Bronte Beach. She squealed with delight as her toes were dipped into the icy water, her smile as broad as the dusky horizon. Aside from her pleasure, there are other ...

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Study finds womb for epigenetic twin variation

Photo: New York Times

In a real-life daytime television-friendly tale, two sets of separated-at-birth identical Columbian twins – each living with the wrong twin – have been reunited. But that’s not the astounding part of the story. Scientists studied their genes and found that, ...

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Nanny trial will be scaled down


The federal government is drastically scaling back its trial subsidies of nanny fees after underwhelming interest in the scheme. The number of places will be cut from 3000 to just 500, with applications to take part closing from January 1, ...

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Opinion: screen time can be quality time


Screens are part of our daily lives and with some planning, parents, carers and educators can ensure children’s screen time is quality time. It’s a good idea to help young children develop healthy screen habits early in life, so that ...

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