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Progress on early childhood reforms being made: Ellis

NSW and Victoria are ahead of the other states when it comes to implementing national early childhood education reforms, a new report has found. But federal child care minister Kate Ellis praised each state and territory on the steps they ...

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Childcare centre staffing exposed

It’s been revealed that hundreds of childcare centres in NSW are struggling to meet the federal government’s tough new industry standards and some could be forced to close within three years. The Sun-Herald newspaper at the weekend reported that NSW ...

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Parents key to childhood obesity

Educating parents on healthy eating could be more effective at reducing childhood obesity than physical activity, new research shows. The study, undertaken by researchers from the universities of Newcastle and Wollongong, found that targeting parents rather than children is the ...

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Disturbing picture of childcare emerges

An alarmingly high number of childcare services are failing to meet basic hygiene, safety and education standards, the latest snapshot of the sector shows. The group overseeing childcare accreditation in Australia has released statistics on the number of services that ...

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Fixing the foundations

The most recent United Nations data continues to show that the four main Nordic European nations – Sweden, Denmark, Norway and Finland – have much lower levels of poverty, far less inequality, and much greater wellbeing, among children than do ...

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NT child protection overhauls

There are at least 1000 children at risk of harm in the Northern Territory who have received no support from the government, a new report has said. Within hours of the report’s release in Darwin on Monday, both the NT ...

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Early diagnosis of problems is key: research

Children with special health care needs in early childhood may be more prone to social and learning difficulties in their first years of school, new research has found. Children with chronic physical, developmental, behavioural or emotional conditions requiring health and ...

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