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Grandparents giving up more to provide childcare

Grandparents are making sacrifices to provide free childcare so parents can go to work. Research conducted by UNSW found that 70 per cent of grandparents surveyed said they had altered the days or shifts they worked to care for their grandchildren, 55 per cent reduced their ...

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Nanny Pilot now open for families

Parents struggling to organise childcare options can now participate in the government’s new Nanny Pilot Programme, beginning in 2016. The minister for education and training, Simon Birmingham, explained that the program would provide subsidised care for 10,000 children across Australia over the ...

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Speech pathologists to the rescue

Increasing numbers of children with speech problems in their early years has been a trend in NSW schools. To address the problem, Wattle Grove Public School has hired a speech pathologist, who attempts to come to the rescue by guiding children ...

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Music helps fine-tune childhood development: study

Engaging pre-schoolers with music can be more beneficial than shared reading, research has found. The University of Queensland research, which is part of the Longitude Study of Australian Children, surveyed parents of more than 3000 children aged 3, and again when the children turned 5. The parents had ...

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