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Nanny group says subsidy pilot ‘set up to fail’

The Australian Nanny Association has expressed severe concerns about the federal government’s Nanny Pilot, saying it is “set up to fail.” The two-year, $246 million pilot, announced in this year’s federal Budget, offers an hourly subsidy for those accessing home-care ...

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Opinion: guide behaviour, don’t manage it

Managing children’s behaviour by instilling obedience in them is largely ineffective, as it encourages rebellion and disruption, an early learning educator has said. Sandi Phoenix, from Phoenix Support for Educators, argues that many established early learning practices manage behaviour rather than guide ...

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Early intervention critical for autism: expert

A leading autism expert has reiterated the importance of early intervention for children with autism. Benison O’Reilly, co-author of the Australian Autism Handbook, stressed the importance of individualised and intensive early intervention treatments for children diagnosed with autism as vital for ...

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Speech treatments require multilingual focus

Treatments for speech and sound impediments must take into account the needs of children from multilingual backgrounds, research from Charles Sturt University shows. Sarah Verdon, research fellow at Charles Sturt University, found in her research into speech and sound disorder ...

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Leave time for creative play, educator says

The current focus on literacy and numeracy outcomes could inhibit a child’s creativity, a Queensland-based early learning provider has said. Sue Southey, co-director of Springwood Community Kindergarten, said increased pressure from parents for more formalised learning in early childhood has created an imbalance ...

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