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Lunchbox inspections called perverse

A University of Queensland health expert has labelled the practice of inspecting children’s lunchboxes at school perverse and unlikely to improve children’s health. Associate professor Michael Gard of UQ’s School of Human Movement and Nutrition Sciences said hysteria about childhood ...

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Union calls disability funding inadequate

Advocates have warned of a crisis in disability education as new data suggests the number of students with special needs has doubled. A 2014 South Australian Government report found that as many as 1 in 6 children meet the new national definition of disabled. Previous ...

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Working-with-children reforms needed: NSW Labor

The NSW opposition is urging swift reforms to working-with-children laws to shut down successful appeals by convicted criminals including rapists and killers. Violent criminals banned from working with children have been cleared to do so on appeal, despite objections from ...

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Strength-based parenting helps kids handle stress: study

Research from the University of Melbourne has found children are more likely to cope well with stress in their life if they have parents who adopt a strength-based approach to parenting. Strength-based parenting means identifying and fostering positive qualities in children, so as ...

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Dyslexia-eyesight link in children called unlikely

Correcting vision problems in children with dyslexia is unlikely to have any effect on the condition. In the first study of its kind, scientists found no evidence that visual deficiencies are linked to severe cases of dyslexia. The results call into ...

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Child’s Play opens in South Hobart

A new childcare centre has opened in South Hobart, bringing extra places and an economic boost to the area. The new facility, Child’s Play, will cater for 127 students and employ 35 staff once fully operational, and hopes to cater ...

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