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Australia: The best place to be a parent?

How can we make Australia a better place to be a parent and what would that look like? Economists and researchers have compared Australian policies, business practices and community support with international best practice. Their report pulls no punches.

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Changing early learning for under 5s

After nearly 12 years, the Early Years Learning Framework (EYLF) will be reviewed, using contemporary research and practice and new understanding of brain development, to change the way our under-fives are taught in Australian early education centres.

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Quality programs for birth to threes

Many parents are anxious about sending very young children to a long-day-care centre. Professor of Early Childhood Sheila Degotardi answers the questions: Should parents be worried? What does research tell us about the impact on very young children?

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Anxiety: Preparing children for change

As children prepare to go to school or early learning centres the focus is often on meeting new educators and making new friends. So how do parents and carers support children through change? Dr Rebecca English looks at dealing with separation anxiety.

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Foster care: Becoming a foster parent

Over 45,000 children in Australia live in out of home care. Foster and kinship care are forms of family-based care for children and young people who can’t live at home. Australia’s foster care system is state-based, requiring a variety of carers.

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Preschool children

Transitioning in and out of childcare

Time away from early learning can happen for many reasons. Perhaps a long family holiday, or a family illness. So what happens if, when your child is settled and enjoying the interactions with educators and friends, suddenly you need to take a break?

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Helping children learn to manage change

We all know that change can be difficult. This is true for adults and children. Change is an inevitable part of life. Early transitions provide opportunities to develop the skills and dispositions we need to live and do well in a changing world.

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Building an early learning partnership

It’s no secret that central to quality early learning and care are the educators and their specialist knowledge, skills and capacity to nurture positive relationships. However, there is a lot that parents can do to strengthen this relationship.

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