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Why childhood social skills are important

Writing, reading and maths are half the story for your child's success, but new research says we need to focus on soft skills. A study has found that a kindergartener’s social skills play a big part in what determines their success later in life.

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Colour blindness: What you should know

What does colour blindness really mean and why can the term be misleading? When it comes to supporting the education of children with colour vision deficiency, there should be a greater awareness and understanding to ensure children are supported.

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Preparing for the transition to school

From choosing the right school shoes, to what to put in the lunch box, making sure you have done health checks and knowing how to get through all the first day emotions - there are so many decisions to be made in preparing for the first day of school.

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School readiness: How can parents tell?

Is your child ready for school? The problem with that question, Professor Frank Oberklaid, OAM, says, is that there is no single correct answer, partly because at age four or five there is still quite a bit of variability in children's development.

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Why there's a shortage of male educators

A Macquarie University study has found male educator numbers are declining, estimating primary school teachers will disappear entirely from government schools by 2054 and be ‘extinct’ in Australia by 2067 if the decline continues at the current rate.

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Raising the quality of early learning

A professional development based study has highlighted the valuable impact of high quality teaching practice on children's learning, resulting in improvements in the children's vital foundational skills and increased engagement and desire for learning.

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How mental health impacts on learning

Some children start school with anxieties or behaviour problems, making it hard for them to focus on learning in the classroom. Australian researchers have found a link between the mental health of five year olds and their ability to learn at school.

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How to avoid 'over parenting' your child

Research has found children of helicopter parents may be less able to deal with the challenging demands of growing up, particularly school. Children who cannot regulate their emotions and behaviour are more likely to have a harder time making friends.

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