Why children need risk, fear and excitement in play

When children test their own boundaries in thrilling play, they develop self-confidence, resilience and risk management skills. 

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Research shows there are benefits from getting more three-year-olds into preschool

On Thursday (4/10/18), the Labor party pledged an additional A$1.75 billion for early education if elected the next government of Australia. This is the largest investment in early childhood education in Australian history.

Most of this investment will go towards funding 15 hours a week of free preschool or kindy for three-year-old children. This means all Australian children will have access to two years of quality early childhood education before they start school.

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What it means when children walk on their toes

When toddlers are learning to walk, many spend some time walking up on their tiptoes, which is known as toe walking. Commonly, this is to get into things they aren’t meant to, but as they perfect their walking, they walk more with their whole foot on the ground.

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Five things parents can do every day to help develop STEM skills from a young age

Educators and researchers agree early literacy experiences are important for children’s cognitive and language development. For the past 30 years there has been a strong movement to foster children’s literacy skills. This has resulted in an abundance of information on how parents can do this by reading books, singing songs and nursery rhymes, playing word games and noticing print.

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What outcomes parents should expect from early childhood education and care

By the time children are five, they should show preference for a particular hand and be able to work with others.

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What is quality early learning worth to Australian families?

Life is about to get easier for some Australian families who have two parents working, as they will be eligible for higher childcare subsidies when the new Child Care Package kicks off on 2 July. But how does the cost to families compare in other countries? And what is the real value of early learning for children and families?

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Ten benefits of playing in nature

How many of us remember the joy we felt when we played ‘make-believe’ in our backyard or the local park, or squelched about in mud when it rained? With the time pressures of today and concerns for children’s safety, spending time outside has become something we need to plan and supervise—but the benefits are well worth the effort. Below is some insightful information into the benefits of outdoor play from Nature Play QLD and the University of North Carolina.

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Five tips to help you make the most of reading to your children

Reading to your child is one of the most successful ways of instilling a love of reading in them. But in our recent study, more than one-quarter of primary school-aged respondents claimed they were never read to at home.

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The power of parenting

In their landmark report for COAG, 'Lifting our Game', authors Dr Patricia Brennan and Susan Pascoe AM make special mention of the evidence showing how important the influence of parents is on their children's development.

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Babies can learn the value of persistence by watching grownups stick with a challenge

You’re at home trying to make fresh tomato sauce, but can’t seem to get the tomatoes out of their plastic container from the grocery store. The bottom latch is not opening, so you pull harder. Although you’ve never seen this type of tomato container before, you have opened many similar ones in the past. After a minute of trying, you stop to consider the situation – should you keep pushing and pulling? Should you ask a friend for help? Should you give up on fresh tomatoes and just open a can?

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