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Early Start childhood research centre launches

A $44 million early childhood teaching, research and community engagement centre has officially opened at the University of Wollongong. The centre, called Early Start, was launched last week by the social services minister, Scott Morrison, with the federal government contributing $31 million to the ...

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Survey to support new childcare framework

Consistent quality of care in the early learning sector is the focus of a new national education framework researchers are developing. Flinders University researchers hope to create a model for all professionals working with children aged from birth to 5 years. This comes after ...

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Childcare decisions more complex with safety net

A study across societies has found that while a range of factors influence mothers’ decisions to engage in childcare in industrialised societies, this is not the case in smaller-scale civilisations. Conducted by anthropologist Dr Geoff Kushnick from the Australian National ...

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Union calls disability funding inadequate

Advocates have warned of a crisis in disability education as new data suggests the number of students with special needs has doubled. A 2014 South Australian Government report found that as many as 1 in 6 children meet the new national definition of disabled. Previous ...

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