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Where kids do it tough, educators ease the strain

“Resilience is about how people respond when they’re facing stress,” stated Dr Amy Conley Wright, a member of the Early Start Research Institute at the University of Wollongong. By this, she means resilience is the ability to deal with stress. For toddlers from disadvantaged backgrounds in New South Wales’ Illawarra ...

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Do the math early for better numeracy later: report

Here’s a simple, practical equation: early-years numeracy equals later-years numeracy. Whilst it may sound obvious, a new report has emphasised just how critical young children’s math skills are to later, school-age competence in this area. Counting on it: Early numeracy ...

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Childcare habitat a developmental wellspring

As adults, we frequently take our physical environment for granted.  Perhaps this is because we can influence it if we choose to – by, for instance, adorning our walls with art or taking the scenic route to work. Young children, however, ...

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Teachers’ STEM-tech fears may be overblown

Are preschool teachers afraid of apps? The Herald-Sun recently proclaimed “some” preschool educators “are stopping our kids from getting ahead in maths and science” due to their reluctance to teach STEM, particularly via apps. In relying on notes obtained from ...

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Academic implores EC teachers: ‘become interesting’

“We’ve all got to become interested and interesting,” declared Sandra Cheeseman, an early childhood education lecturer at Macquarie University. This was her retort to the question, “How can teachers intellectually stimulate toddlers?” in relation to her upcoming talk, ‘Ten things children should experience every day in an early childhood setting’. ...

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Lessons from the best family day care centres

Being flexible is as good as gold in childcare. That’s the message from a recent report on Australian family day care centres. The UNSW Social Policy Research Centre report Perspectives on Quality in Australian Family Day Care involved interviews with 52 ...

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Mumpreneur’s the word

The term ‘mumprenuer’ is trending, but research suggests it may have a dark side. Dr Meraiah Foley from the University of Sydney Business School surveyed 60 mothers who run their own businesses and found that, for the majority, being self-employed wasn’t a willing choice. ...

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