Why children need to play with friends
Play can be easily dismissed. After all, how important can playing tea party be? Experts would argue that it’s extremely important. Children who successfully engage in peer play at preschool are more likely to experience better mental health, later on.
The key to a child’s success at school
The parent-teacher relationship is built on a culture of trust and collaboration. Your child’s success in school might be determined by the quality of the relationship between you and their teacher and that journey starts even before their first day.
A better start for Australian children
Children are starting school developmentally vulnerable and parents are scrambling for work/life balance. The Starting Better report by the The Centre for Policy and Development outlines a 10-year plan to ensure all children have what they need to thrive.
How to keep children physically active
We know that exercise helps to build strong bones and muscles and ensuring children get plenty of regular physical activity is essential for growth, but an early learning centre study has shown it can increase activity and improve behaviour as well.
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.
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.
2021: Transitioning children to school
COVID-19 has significantly disrupted 2020 and orientation sessions at schools may look a little different. As they continue the learning this guide for families transitioning to school in 2021 looks at supporting children with their next learning steps.
The hidden support playgroups provide
At playgroup, parents and carers get together with their children for a couple of hours each week to create social networks, connect and learn through play. Studies are also showing the positive impact playgroups are having on children's development.
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