Encourage children to think about where they are in space: if they’re looking at a map of the zoo, ask them where they are in relation to the kangaroos or lions.
Early STEM skills are as important as early literacy skills. Parents can help their preschoolers develop STEM skills by working these simple techniques into everyday activities.
Australia still lags behind comparable OECD countries in the participation of younger children – particularly three year olds.
Despite good progress in recent years, there is still more to do, including improving access to early childhood education for three-year-olds.
How much is too much screen time for kids?
For decades, parents have fretted over 'screen time,' limiting the hours their children spend looking at a screen. But as times change, so does media... and how parents should (or shouldn't) regulate it.
Children around the world are susceptible to stereotypes.
World Bank Photo Collection
For young children, how we speak is often more important than what we say. Even 'positive' generalizations can lead children to adopt negative stereotypes.
Tony Abbott’s additional target focusing on school attendance rates has not improved at all since 2014.
The report focus on the government’s own policies fails to acknowledge genuine differences of opinion on key issues such as constitutional recognition and income management.
What does it take for kids to be ready for school?
Children who aren't ready for school tend to lag behind their peers in later grades. Parents and teachers can help.
Children with at least two years of preschool achieve much higher scores than those who attend no preschool or only one year.
Two years of high-quality preschool is one of the most effective strategies we have to change the trajectories of children from disadvantaged backgrounds.
Four-year-old Stacey Musimbi sits inside a specialised early childhood deaf unit programme in Nairobi.
Early childhood education services have proliferated in the public and private sectors. But many children who attend these preschool centres do not receive quality services.
Attending two years of preschool improves children’s readiness for school.
Ireland is the latest country to offer two years of preschool education to all children. Is it time Australia followed suit?
Teaching and learning from music often occurs spontaneously.
Mignon van Vreden
The value of music-inspired play in early childhood should never be underestimated.
Why should kids get suspended in preschool?
Black kids get suspended in preschool for minor offenses. A 2016 report shows 45 percent of preschool boys were suspended, once or more.
Children who attend preschool are more likely to be ready to learn when they start school.
Government funding of childcare is seen as something that helps get mums back into work, instead of setting children up for learning before they start school.
Young children are writing even before they are reading.
Don't dismiss children's early writing as scribbles. Children know more about writing, even before they learn to read.
Preschool attendance has been shown to improve literacy and numeracy for Indigenous children.
The Closing the Gap report shows a mix of successes and failures, but early childhood education holds the key to significant progress.
Asking your child to wash their hands before they eat isn’t useful unless they know why it’s important.
Children don’t learn much about how illnesses spread if they are just taught a list of dos and don’ts. They need to know why an action is useful.
Where does self-esteem in children come from?
Parents take note: most kids develop a sense of self-esteem as early as age five.
How much screen time should kids get?
Yan Chi Vinci Chow
Research shows that preschool children take characters from popular television shows and movies and blend them together to create complex oral stories.
Do you want your child to be the oldest or youngest in the class?
There's no national school starting age in Australia, so how do you know when to send them to school?
A combination of education and care makes Sweden’s early childhood education so much better than Australia’s.
Most people have heard that Finland leads the world in education, but fewer have heard that Finland’s neighbour, Sweden, is the international leader in early childhood education and care.
Better speech and brighter horizons.
John Stillwell/PA Wire
All children with early language problems are at increased risk of struggling at school, and having reduced employment opportunities and life chances, but the risk of early language problems is disproportionately…