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Pollies face off in election forum on early childhood

It has been branded the ‘neverending’ election campaign, yet the end – July 2 – is now in sight. This means inter-party policy forums are in full swing (or squabble, if you will). Early learning finally had its turn to be debated, as Early Childhood Australia (ECA) hosted an event in Adelaide. Liberal Senator Sean Edwards – representing Education Minister ...

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Academics join in against preschool gender pay gap

‘Just because it isn’t legal prejudice, doesn’t mean (mostly female) childcare workers aren’t discriminated against because of their gender.’ This has been the rallying cry of education unions, such as the Independent Education Union of Australia (IEUA), for years. Now, ...

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Is BubDesk the way of the future?

Welcome to 2016, where we now have crèches in co-working spaces. This frontier has been crossed in Western Australia by BubDesk, which targets corporate employees with flexible working arrangements. The Northbridge-based facility caters for tots of all ages, from newborns ...

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Lessons from the best family day care centres

Being flexible is as good as gold in childcare. That’s the message from a recent report on Australian family day care centres. The UNSW Social Policy Research Centre report Perspectives on Quality in Australian Family Day Care involved interviews with 52 ...

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Educators flunk nutrition test

Did you know that red meat is one of the most iron-rich foods? Half of childcare workers in a recent Queensland University of Technology study didn’t. The 1748 participants scored poorly on knowledge of other nutritional guidelines, too; only 2 ...

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Indigenous trauma needs tailored response: #IHMayDay16

Yesterday marked #IHMayDay16, or, for non-Tweeters, the fourth-annual national Indigenous Health Day. For the Secretariat of National Aboriginal and Islander Child Care (SNAICC), the notion of trauma was the theme of participation. SNAICC’s main focus is Indigenous-centric childcare services; the group tweeted the following: ...

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