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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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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.

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The benefits of high-quality preschool

Research shows that children who’ve participated in preschool are more independent and better able to concentrate and cooperate. However, almost a quarter of Australian children entering school do not have the foundational skills they need for school and life.

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Giving children the best start in life

Research shows one in five Australian children are starting school developmentally vulnerable. The Australian Research Alliance for Children & Youth is leading a project to ensure every child starts school ready to learn, engage and face challenges.

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Tips for building a child's imagination

Young children tend to be curious, have great imagination and enormous creative capacity. QUT Associate Professor Dr Susan Irvine says these are valuable qualities that support learning throughout life, and should be nurtured from an early age.

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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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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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