When, how and why to read to your child
Parents already know the fun and joy that stories bring, but regular reading brings multiple benefits. Research shows that children whose parents or carers read to them every day at two to three years old had on average higher Year 3 reading ability.
Focusing on the strengths of your child
Everyone learns in their own way. We used to talk about "learning styles" and that children fell into categories. Now educators and child development researchers focus on the whole child and use multiple modalities and a strengths-based approach.
Starting school: How can parents help?
As one of life’s big transitions, starting school can be an exciting and sometimes challenging time. How can you support your child to develop the skills they will need to start school and ensure they are socially and emotionally ready for this change.
Helping children build language skills
David Loyst has been studying and teaching about parenting for over 30 years as a speech language pathologist, autism consultant, and parent coach. He says it helps to think not just about language development, but ‘expressive’ language development.
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.
COVID-19: Effects on children and families
Despite the hardships, families have found silver linings in the challenges of COVID-19, with the majority reporting their family unit is more connected, spent more time together and used their time at home to consider what’s important in life.
Boys lagging behind when school starts
What role do biology and society play in boys not being as developmentally ready to start school as girls? Right from birth, boys and girls don’t begin life on the same starting block. The impact of this is a question researchers are trying to unravel.
A focus on family life in Australia: 2019
Our second national survey of Aussie family life - First Five Years Snapshot of Australian Families - has confirmed that despite the rise of mobile devices it is television which is still occupying children’s screen time rather than phones or tablets.
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