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Encouraging children to make and use a range of maps helps develop their spatial skills, great if they want to read an x-ray, design a building or put up flat-pack furniture later in life. jeshoots.com/Unsplash

Five easy ways to boost children’s spatial skills

It's never too early for children to develop their spatial skills, vital if they want to one day design buildings, put up flat-pack furniture or cut a birthday cake. Here's how you can help at home.
Parents can teach empathy by connecting behaviours to feelings when they talk to their kids, to help them understand cause and effect. (Shutterstock)

Three strategies to promote empathy in children

Empathy in children can be fostered. Researchers offer three strategies for parents and other caregivers to promote a climate of empathy in the home or classroom.
Children with at least two years of preschool achieve much higher scores than those who attend no preschool or only one year. from www.shutterstock.com

Two years of preschool have more impact than one, research shows

Two years of high-quality preschool is one of the most effective strategies we have to change the trajectories of children from disadvantaged backgrounds.
What children learn in their first 2000 days of life is the most vital, so early learning shouldn’t be dismissed as babysitting. Lukas Coch/AAP

What a difference a portfolio makes: early learning is not babysitting

The reorganisation of federal ministerial portfolios this week moved early childhood education and care from social services to education. This is a good thing.
The Productivity Commission’s report on childcare will help inform the Abbott government’s soon-to-be-unveiled ‘families package’. AAP/Paul Miller

Productivity Commission childcare report shows blind faith in market

Many of the Productivity Commission's proposals derive from assumptions that the funding of these services should ensure minimal interference, with a classic, market-based model for meeting "demand".

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