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Course to help teachers understand autism

A South Australian Government grant has opened the doors for Flinders University to design a postgraduate course for teachers about instructing children with autism. Dr Susan Close, the SA minister for education and child development, announced the course. It follows ...

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TAFEs back childcare training crackdown

TAFEs have welcomed a federal government crackdown on poor childcare training, following a report that revealed many courses were too short to enable adequate skills development or assessment. The report, compiled by the Australian Skills Quality Authority, was released last week by the ...

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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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AEU announces work stoppage in Victoria

The Australian Education Union has advised preschool teachers and early childhood educators that industrial action will take place in Victoria on August 13. Professionals will take part in a 24-hour work stoppage, called after negotiations with the Victorian Government for a ...

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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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Teaching students tackle cyber-safety at conference

Teachers in training are being taught cyber-safety for themselves and their students by a children’s e-safety official. The Stepping Out conference at the Queensland University of Technology  gave final-year faculty of education students the opportunity to hear from Alastair MacGibbon, the ...

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Indonesia keen to supply nannies to Australia

Indonesia may contribute to the army of nannies needed for a taxpayer-subsidised Australian trial. The two-year program, announced in April, will target shift-worker parents such as police and nurses, as well as families in regional areas that find it difficult to ...

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Working-with-children reforms needed: NSW Labor

The NSW opposition is urging swift reforms to working-with-children laws to shut down successful appeals by convicted criminals including rapists and killers. Violent criminals banned from working with children have been cleared to do so on appeal, despite objections from ...

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