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Childcare standards challenged

The federal government has been challenged over changes to childcare arrangements, which may result in Victorian parents being unable to send their three-year-olds to kindergarten-style care. A motion by Liberal member Alan Tudge asking the government to give more flexibility ...

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The building blocks of a better system?

With a raft of national reforms in the process of implementation, Australia’s early learning landscape is undergoing a seismic shift. The result of a Council of Australian Government (COAG) commitment to improving outcomes for young children, the reforms are detailed ...

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Early testing of learning difficulties called for

Plans to introduce mental health checks for three-year-olds should be expanded to include a test for learning difficulties, a leading psychologist has said. Clinical psychologist Tim Hannan believes the move would stop many parents signing their children up for treatments ...

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Slow down childcare reforms: PC

Childcare providers have called on the federal government to slow the rollout of its planned reforms to the sector until it can afford to fund them entirely. A draft Productivity Commission report into Australia’s early childhood development workforce has found ...

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Calls for independence in child protection

The Centre for Excellence in Child and Family Welfare told a child protection inquiry on Tuesday that oversight of the child protection system needs to be independent of the Department of Human Services to ensure accountability. There also needs to ...

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Indigenous preschool plan outlined

The Federal Government has unveiled a new strategy designed to get indigenous children into preschool. The government said it has already allocated $970 million over five years to ensure that by 2013 all children have access to a preschool program ...

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