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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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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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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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Why play is more than just good fun

The verdict is in. Play is more than just fun. There’s a growing evidence base that play is critically important in promoting safe, stable and nurturing relationships and in encouraging development of children’s future executive functioning skills.

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