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Calls for independence in child protection

The Centre for Excellence in Child and Family Welfare told a child protection inquiry on Tuesday that oversight of the child protection system needs to be independent of the Department of Human Services to ensure accountability. There also needs to ...

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Indigenous preschool plan outlined

The Federal Government has unveiled a new strategy designed to get indigenous children into preschool. The government said it has already allocated $970 million over five years to ensure that by 2013 all children have access to a preschool program ...

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Progress on early childhood reforms being made: Ellis

NSW and Victoria are ahead of the other states when it comes to implementing national early childhood education reforms, a new report has found. But federal child care minister Kate Ellis praised each state and territory on the steps they ...

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Childcare centre staffing exposed

It’s been revealed that hundreds of childcare centres in NSW are struggling to meet the federal government’s tough new industry standards and some could be forced to close within three years. The Sun-Herald newspaper at the weekend reported that NSW ...

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Disturbing picture of childcare emerges

An alarmingly high number of childcare services are failing to meet basic hygiene, safety and education standards, the latest snapshot of the sector shows. The group overseeing childcare accreditation in Australia has released statistics on the number of services that ...

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Fixing the foundations

The most recent United Nations data continues to show that the four main Nordic European nations – Sweden, Denmark, Norway and Finland – have much lower levels of poverty, far less inequality, and much greater wellbeing, among children than do ...

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The building blocks of learning

So much of the teaching in early learning revolves around the importance of a child’s environment on their development. Over the last 100 years, many divergent philosophies have evolved with a wide breadth and depth of thinking and with an ...

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