The core principle of education is to enable students to become kind, giving and contributing members of their community and the world.
The system has several elements and many problems. Making it fit for purpose will take a lot of work and even more resources than those that have just been announced.
This week’s announcements will add to the need to train more early childhood workers and to ensure they are more diverse in a way that better reflects our multicultural society.
Childcare centres are closing due to staff shortages, but this was a problem well before the pandemic.
A chasm has opened up between early childhood learning and the first years of compulsory schooling. Kids go from playing to being tested in the blink of an eye, and their learning is poorer for it.
When students are allowed to bring personal items for show and tell, it can build their senses of self-worth, belonging and control. But poor kids often don’t get that opportunity.
An early childhood development expert explains why so many preschoolers are kicked out of child care, and what to do if it happens to your child.
Early childhood education and care centres, which includes childcare and preschool, are part of our village. They form a support network established to ensure parents’ and children’s lifelong success.
The Biden administration wants workers in child care and pre-K programs to earn at least $15 per hour.
The 2021-22 budget includes funding for 15 hours per week of free preschool education for all children in the year before school. This is great, but we need more detail.
An early childhood education expert explains what’s in the proposal and why it’s not really a partisan issue.
The federal government spends about US$2,500 a year on child care and early education per child under 5, about half of the European average.
Teacher referrals will replace standardized testing. That could disadvantage already-underrepresented students.
A researcher recreates a famous 1940s doll experiment to probe how Black preschool children view race and themselves – and finds not much has changed.
Researchers mapped the variation in preschool policies, and how they impact on what families pay, across all states and territories. Some places charge much higher fees than others.
One in five early childhood educators said they planned to leave their job within a year. It is vital we design a system and policies to ensure there are enough to meet the demand.
A large study shows preschool benefits Aboriginal children’s development more than childcare or being taken care of at home. But the benefits of preschool are not as large as for non-Aboriginal kids.
Kids ages 3 to 6 may be missing out on important social, emotional and behavioral lessons during at-home learning.
The NSW and Victorian preschool funding announcements are likely to increase the growing focus on early childhood education, which is shaping up to be a major issue.
Supporting a stable, well-funded preschool system across the country — as we do with school — is an important social and economic investment. But funding remains temporary and unstable.