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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Play-based learning can set your child up for success at school and beyond

As the new school year begins, many families are deciding where to enrol their child in preschool or school. Preschools and schools offer various approaches to early education, all promoting the benefits of their particular programs.

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How to engrain healthy eating habits from a young age

Instilling healthy eating habits in your children from a young age makes it much easier for them to maintain those important habits throughout their lives. It sets the foundation for their relationship with food and how they care for themselves and their own families. Take a look at some of the great advice below for teaching kids healthy eating habits from the start.

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How to gently prepare your child for kindergarten

Parents can effectively manage their children’s relationships with schools in many positive ways.

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How to spend more quality time with your children

As a child, we all remember how much we treasured time spent with Mum or Dad. However, many people don't realise just how important these moments are in a child's development.

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Healthy, active holidays for families

With the holiday and celebration season upon us, it’s sometimes hard to find the balance between healthy food and tempting treats. Sometimes food, activity and inactivity as our lives change with holidays, visitors and many temptations. Given the festive season, our lives may seem busy yet inactive, with lots of indulgences thrown in for good measure.

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