Research shows play-based learning programs enhance children's learning outcomes and teaches them skills relevant to the 21st century, such as problem-solving and creativity.
Encouraging positive associations with school, good temperament and keeping communication open between parents, children and teachers can help your child (and you) be more ready for this transition.
Are preschool teachers with college degrees better at their jobs?
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.
Despite good progress in recent years, there is still more to do, including improving access to early childhood education for three-year-olds.
The gap between the most and least advantaged areas in Australia is reflected in educational inequality.
At the age of four, children have a basic understanding of gender differences and expectations. But it is unlikely they would knowingly be sexist.
The gender gap matters, and we need to recruit, train and retain more men to care for and educate our youngest children
Two years of high-quality preschool is one of the most effective strategies we have to change the trajectories of children from disadvantaged backgrounds.
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?
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.
Ireland is the latest country to offer two years of preschool education to all children. Is it time Australia followed suit?
20% of surveyed early education educators said they want to leave their job due to low pay, volume of paperwork and feeling undervalued.
Labor’s policy does, however, fail to commit to long-term funding for universal access to preschool education.
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.
With more parents opting for their child to start school later, it is now possible to have four and a half year olds learning alongside six year olds.
Research has found a relationship between pretend play and a child's developing creativity, understanding of others and social competence with peers.
Parents who provide learning support at home can improve their child's literacy and emotional development, regardless of their class or educational background.
Under new legislation, children from low-income families will receive just 12 hours of early learning support a week, adding to the risk of these children falling behind their peers at school.
Despite big changes in childcare policy at the end of the 20th century, we're asking many of the same questions as in the 1960s.