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Starting school and the impact of age

Every year in households with four-year-olds, parents ask: 'Should I send my child to school even though they may be the youngest in their class?' The answer isn’t simple, but research indicates benefits for children at the older end of their cohort.

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Childhood physical activity in crisis

A global report on children’s physical activity comparing 49 countries, has found Australian children aren't moving enough. The country is lagging on Overall Physical Activity, Active Transport, Screen Time and Physical Fitness, with a grade of D-.

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Adventurous play: Why children need risk

Is there a reason our children insist on walking on the very edge of a footpath, instead of the middle? Or can’t resist climbing a wall or a tall tree? According to researchers, who define this play as risky or adventurous play, the answer is yes.

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Six great nature play ideas for summer

Summer and the school holidays both offer endless opportunities for nature play. Ditch the digital devices and use the time to help children connect with the natural world. Try these ideas, keeping it simple and cheap. There's no need to overthink it.

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Sport and Music: Shaping brain and body

Many children start music and sport as preschoolers, gaining the physical health and cognitive development benefits. But how can parents encourage children's motivation to persevere when acquiring skills moves from play to more rigorous practise?

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'I Like to Move It': Keeping children active

Walking, talking, drinking from a cup, doing up a zip, drawing, and catching a ball are just some of the movements that most children will acquire early in life. Movement also plays a vital role in their cognitive, social and emotional development.

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Children with family pets reap benefits

Owning a family pet can help improve and promote your child's social, emotional and physical development, according to researchers who have found owning a four-legged friend isn't just fun, but also a valuable addition to your child's life.

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Aussie kids among world’s least active

A national snapshot of the levels of physical activity in Australian children taken every two years has given our young people a failing grade of D minus for overall physical activity. Our D minus puts us well behind national rivals New Zealand (B-).

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