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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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‘Pretend play’ may teach empathy, negotiation skills

‘Pretend’, or ‘make-believe’ play may be more important to early childhood development than previously thought, professor of psychology Tracy Gleason asserted. On top of numerous studies connecting imaginative play with creativity development, understanding of others and even social competence, Gleason, ...

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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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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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