While it’s important to recognise the gains we have made, there is also more that needs to be done to have an effective ECEC system.
Overall, we've seen huge improvements, particularly for children aged three to five years, but now we need a universal approach to quality education and care for our youngest children.
Jerome Bruner, Kathy Sylva and Catherine Snow are names we are more familiar with than we think.
The costs of mobility.
The political ramifications of a society in stasis.
Is school the most important part of education?
We take a closer look at some of the common claims made this year to see if there is any truth to them.
A year of high expectations, yet little action.
Gonski funding was scrapped and the vocational education sector got a new student loan system. Here's what else happened in education this year...
‘Kindy bootcamps’ tend to be run by untrained teachers.
Parents are sending their children to private pre-school programs as a way to ensure they are ready to start school. But are these effective?
If children aren't sufficiently coordinated, it could affect their ability to learn.
England may end up with one of the most complex and unfair systems in Europe.
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And many of them are not getting the help they need.
Labor aims to make quality early education and care more affordable for families.
Labor’s policy does, however, fail to commit to long-term funding for universal access to preschool education.
Reading with your child at home helps to improve their literacy skills.
Parents who provide learning support at home can improve their child's literacy and emotional development, regardless of their class or educational background.
Not the right building blocks for a childcare policy.
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Plans to double free childcare will only be available for 'working parents'.
Everbody should get a go.
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We shouldn't just be blaming the middle classes for snapping up all the free childcare spots.
Maybe not so smiley on the second day of school.
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New research shows that children who start school young are struggling to keep up with curriculum targets.
Childcare and education: the building blocks for equality.
Why the government's policy could end up harming children's chances.
For all of Nick Clegg's campaign promises, the Lib Dem's vision of early childhood isn't the clearest.
Labour have pledged to boost Sure Start if they win the May election.
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It is predictable that the Labour Party’s election pledge to expand Sure Start has turned into a row over how many children’s centres have actually closed since the coalition government took over in 2010…
Processing children into units of human capital as quickly as possible risks the production of ‘damaged goods’.
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In order to make young children “school ready”, the English government is now encouraging parents to place their children in school nurseries shortly after their second birthday. But there is evidence…
First day at school? Did you prep for the test?
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From September 2016, within five weeks of starting primary school, all children in England will receive an assessment that will stay on their record. But we have been here before and it didn’t work. The…
Better speech and brighter horizons.
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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…