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Tussle over QLD autism early intervention funding

All’s not what it seems in early intervention autism funding in Queensland. So says a concerned mother of a child with autism and her almost 30,000 supporters. The Queensland Government was due to phase out funding of early childhood intervention programs ...

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Pools in WA family daycare centres to stay, for now

The Western Australian Government is backpedalling on its proposal to ban pools in family daycare centres in WA, if not nationally. Minister for Community Services Tony Simpson declared the potential ban late last year following the death of toddler Lachlan after ...

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Outside in: The brave new world of bush kinder

As hard as it might be, tell your little ones to defy Taylor Swift and go back into the woods. Forest preschools (‘bush kinder’, in Australia) are taking off, and offer benefits for intrepid toddlers and teachers alike. Though only recently ...

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Education providers: the government wants your $.02

Early childhood education experts, it’s time to put fingers to keyboards. Terms of reference for the Productivity Commission inquiry into the national school and early childhood education evidence base have been released. The commission is compiling evidence on education data, based ...

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Childcare workers’ chained melody: ‘pay us more’

Union United Voice’s ‘Big Steps’ campaign, concerning higher pay for childcare workers, has taken a giant leap in its efforts. Member protesters chained themselves to Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull’s Melbourne office yesterday. This is despite the fact that the government has ...

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Childcare reforms will hurt 130,600 kids: ANU

Calls for change to the government’s proposed Jobs for Families Child Care Package have fresh resonance. Australian National University modelling has revealed 130,600 children will be worse off under it. This report, commissioned by Early Childhood Australia, is being presented along with others at a Senate inquiry ...

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