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Polyglots, coming to a preschool near you

Your young charges may be greeting you with a “buongiorno” as well as a “ni hao”, come 2017. The government has announced a rollout of its Early Learning Languages Australia (ELLA) program to all childcare centres and preschools, in addition ...

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Mitchell Institute calls for preschool for 3-year-olds

Why have one year, when you can have two? Independent educational think tank the Mitchell Institute argues this truism is profoundly applicable to preschool years. In fact, in the institute’s just-released, evidence-based report, Preschool – Two Years are Better than One, it states our ...

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Australia’s childcare costs not worst of the worst

Kate Ellis and many others may begrudge Australian childcare costs, but Society at a Glance 2016 has put them into context. The biennial OECD report, released this month, shows many of our international neighbours easily eclipse us, in childcare fees as a percentage ...

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Grandparents are great: study

We already knew it, but now there’s further proof that grandparents are doing their childcare bit. An Australian Institute of Family Studies (AIFS) survey of 8000 children, nationwide, has shown that maternal grandparents are particularly hands on in caring for ...

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#EqualPayDay prompts childcare walkout

Along with bombarding Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull’s social media accounts with a plea for higher wages, for national #EqualPayDay on September 8, more than 100 early-childhood educators also walked off the job in Victoria. The action was organised by union United Voice’s Big Steps campaigners. ...

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Will minor parties come to the childcare table?

It’s finally springtime. This is when tulips and daffodils blossom – along with parliamentary bills. That means it’s time for childcare reform, provided the Senate plays along. The education minister, Simon Birmingham, promised that, upon his return, childcare reforms would be top ...

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