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Vaccination-autism myth lingers: poll

With disease-free sandpits now on the national agenda, all parents might have to support child vaccination. But this doesn’t mean many aren’t worried about it. The latest Australian Child Health Poll, Vaccination: Perspectives of Australian parents, bears this out. Conducted by researchers ...

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Our laws hurt women and kids: female leaders

For far-reaching International Women’s Day, a chat between an early childhood leader, an anti-poverty spokeswoman and a gender equality researcher fittingly included a spectrum of gendered concerns. Sam Page, chief executive of Early Childhood Australia, Cassandra Goldie, chief executive of the ...

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Early learning sector pays tribute to Kate Ellis

Along with the usual mailbox detritus, residents of the Adelaide electorate received a surprising letter on Thursday 9 March 2017. It was from their local MP, and the shadow minster for early childhood education and development and TAFE and vocational education, Kate ...

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Childcare workers think cake is ‘fun’

Do you and your colleagues share a definition of junk food? 1000 childcare workers, surveyed by researchers from Western Australia’s Edith Cowan University, didn’t. Some thought sausages, high in saturated fat and salt, were a naughty treat. For others, these ...

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Hundreds of childcare workers to strike

Hundreds of childcare workers across the country are set to walk off the job on International Women’s Day to protest their pay rates, urging the Turnbull government to help. Early childhood educators will urge the federal government to include policies ...

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Five-year-olds develop app for preschoolers

In 1930, we had trampolines. Thirty years later, we got Transformers. In the 90s, it was all about the underwater walkie-talkie. Now, the latest iteration of child-designed toys is, of course, an app. Developed by 5-to-7-year-olds, in conjunction with social science ...

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