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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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Researchers look to promote early literacy

A study is underway at Charles Sturt University to help young children write and draw at home and at childcare. Researchers from CSU’s School of Education are examining how parents and early childhood professionals understand the importance of literacy in children ...

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Budget: ECA and FDCA response

Early Childhood Australia and Family Day Care Australia have both issued responses to the childcare reforms announced in the federal Budget. Treasurer Joe Hockey announced a $4.4 billion package to streamline childcare rebates into a single subsidy. If passed, families ...

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Worry some kids miss out in childcare plan

Concerns have been raised that some children may miss out on early education opportunities because their families won’t qualify for subsidies under the Abbott government’s new childcare plan. Children of families with an income of $65,000 or under will continue ...

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No double dipping for baby leave: Hockey

Mother’s Day may not have been the best day to announce changes to paid parental leave, but Joe Hockey says new parents will no longer be able to claim from the Commonwealth if their employer is providing a more generous ...

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Time outs can lead to tuning out, researcher says

Naughty corners and time outs and are common disciplinary actions in the classroom but an education expert has warned that these techniques could make student disengagement worse. University of South Australia researcher Dr Anna Sullivan said research has shown that ...

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UNSW research in childcare shake-up

The Productivity Commission has put UNSW research at the centre of its proposed childcare shake-up, adopting key principles from a Social Policy Research Centre (SPRC) submission in its review. Professor Deborah Brennan from the SPRC said the Commission adopted three central positions from ...

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