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Conscientious anti-vaxxers targeted in NSW

Parents who oppose vaccinations on conscientious grounds will no longer be allowed to enrol their children at NSW child care centres under legislation to be introduced by the state opposition. Labor leader Luke Foley announced the policy on Sunday and ...

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Richest to lose most under new childcare funding laws

After 18 months of flip-flopping, the government’s changes to childcare funding have finally passed the senate with the support of One Nation, the Nick Xenophon Team and independents Cory Bernardi, David Leyonhjelm and Derryn Hinch. The bill’s changes, which comprise ...

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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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Experts sound off over phonics test

Whether kids, parents or teachers like it or not, phonics tests will be introduced for year one students. Nationwide. Education minster Simon Birmingham considers them essential to detect reading difficulties early on. In an interview with Sky News in late ...

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Preschool is black jellybean of education funding mix

Education funding, like a bag of mixed lollies, is a medley. There are the preferenced red raspberries: universities; the average pineapples: the VET sector and schools; and, of course, the ill-favoured black jellybeans: preschools. This is the upshot of the Mitchell Institute ...

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Childcare educators blamed for rising 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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