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.
Children living in the most disadvantaged areas will average half the NAPLAN scores in reading, writing and numeracy tests than those living in the least disadvantaged areas.
The gap between the most and least advantaged areas in Australia is reflected in educational inequality.
Children are exposed to gender differences and expectations from the moment they are born.
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
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.
‘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?
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?
Those teachers who upgraded to an early childhood teaching degree were most likely to leave the profession.
20% of surveyed early education educators said they want to leave their job due to low pay, volume of paperwork and feeling undervalued.
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.
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.
Boys are more likely to start school later.
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.
Trying on new roles.
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Research has found a relationship between pretend play and a child's developing creativity, understanding of others and social competence with peers.
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.
Children need more than one day per week of preschool education to feel secure, build relationships and support learning.
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.
Hop along now dears. HRH Queen Mary with nursery children in 1930.
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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.
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.
Bright kids should shine, whatever their background.
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Cultural vouchers for poor kids could help them get better A Levels.
Better speech and brighter horizons.
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