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TAFEs back childcare training crackdown

TAFEs have welcomed a federal government crackdown on poor childcare training, following a report that revealed many courses were too short to enable adequate skills development or assessment. The report, compiled by the Australian Skills Quality Authority, was released last week by the ...

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To smack or not to smack

  How to discipline children in today’s fast-paced world is a dilemma for many parents. What seemed straightforward a generation or two ago is no longer the case. Yet, corporal punishment continues to be popular. Possibly because many parents interpret ...

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NAPLAN itself to blame for poor results: lecturer

Disappointing results for this year’s NAPLAN tests show a problem with the test rather than the teaching, a Charles Sturt University literacy expert has said. Released last Wednesday, preliminary results from this year’s NAPLAN show improvements in literacy and numeracy have plateaued ...

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AEU cancels work stoppage in Vic preschools

The Australian Education Union has overturned its decision to hold a work stoppage for preschool teachers. The proposed industrial action was set to take place on Thursday, August 13, after negotiations with the Victorian Government for an increased preschool teacher wage hit roadblocks. ...

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Labor looks to longer preschool hours

Preschoolers might find themselves spending longer at school under a federal Labor government. The party has pledged to improve the universal access guarantee by considering options, including increasing hours, to make sure all children get the opportunity to attend preschool. ...

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Researcher targets perceptions of modern parents

A researcher from Charles Sturt University is looking into public perceptions of the modern parent. Chelsea Veitch, a CSU honours student in the university’s school of psychology, said today’s parents often have to handle commitments those of previous generations did ...

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