Five things to consider about glitter this Christmas

Does glitter bring to mind the prospect of shiny, sparkly, Christmassy, harmless fun? I’m afraid it is a bit more complicated than that. The popularity of glitter and the sheer volume used at Christmas presents us with a growing problem. Here are five reasons to rethink your glitter habit.

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Young children with autism can thrive in mainstream childcare

Much of the research about including children with autism in mainstream classrooms is focused on school-aged children. Growing numbers of children with autism are diagnosed in toddlerhood, so there is increasing relevance for the early childhood sector. Our new research shows, with support, educators can effectively include and teach children on the spectrum in mainstream childcare, alongside their non-autistic peers.

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Four things every parent should know about managing your child’s behaviour

Around one-quarter of Australian parents feel stressed by their child’s behaviour every day and more than one-third are overwhelmed by it. These are some of the findings released today from our latest Royal Children’s Hospital National Child Health Poll—an online quarterly survey of a nationally representative sample of 2,000 Australian households with children.

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If you can only do one thing for your children, it should be shared reading

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Reading to children is beneficial in many ways. Books offer a unique opportunity for children to become familiar with new vocabularies; the type of words not often used in day-to-day conversation. Books also provide a context for developing knowledge of abstract ideas for children. When an adult reads a book to a child, they often label pictures, talk about activities in the book, solve problems together and teach them new words and concepts.

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Children's Week focus on rights of children

This is the time of year that is dedicated globally and nationally to celebrating children’s rights, talents and citizenship. Each year the theme of Children’s Week highlights a particular children’s right.

This year the theme is about children’s right to speak and be listened to.

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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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