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Labor looks to longer preschool hours

Preschoolers might find themselves spending longer at school under a federal Labor government. The party has pledged to improve the universal access guarantee by considering options, including increasing hours, to make sure all children get the opportunity to attend preschool. ...

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Drug-free treatment found for ‘glue ear’

Medical professionals have found a nasal balloon can be used to treat children with a common middle ear problem, avoiding the use of antibiotics. Otitis media with effusion, more commonly known as ‘glue ear’, is a condition in which the ...

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Simplistic messages cause mums anxiety: research

Researchers have identified a link between perinatal anxiety and the public health campaigns mothers are exposed to immediately before and after they give birth. In a paper in the Women’s Studies International Forum, Dr Heather Rowe and professor Jane Fisher, from ...

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Teaching students tackle cyber-safety at conference

Teachers in training are being taught cyber-safety for themselves and their students by a children’s e-safety official. The Stepping Out conference at the Queensland University of Technology  gave final-year faculty of education students the opportunity to hear from Alastair MacGibbon, the ...

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Researcher targets perceptions of modern parents

A researcher from Charles Sturt University is looking into public perceptions of the modern parent. Chelsea Veitch, a CSU honours student in the university’s school of psychology, said today’s parents often have to handle commitments those of previous generations did ...

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Early Start childhood research centre launches

A $44 million early childhood teaching, research and community engagement centre has officially opened at the University of Wollongong. The centre, called Early Start, was launched last week by the social services minister, Scott Morrison, with the federal government contributing $31 million to the ...

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Tablet games to help kids with autism

Researchers have developed the world’s first tablet games specifically designed to help children with developmental disabilities such as autism and Down syndrome. The technology – developed with researchers from Monash University, DreamWorks contractor Torus Games and technology commercialisation firm Grey ...

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