For vulnerable and marginalized groups, access to early learning and child care remains uncertain. Inclusive access must become a top priority to achieve affordable care for all families.
As federal and provincial governments bring in measures to make child care more affordable, the voices and needs of children with disabilities must not be ignored.
How to make a ‘fortune teller’ or ‘chatterbox’ with children, and why the paper activity targets many developmental domains at once.
Planning outdoor early learning and child care has implications for training and recruiting educators as well as for planning, developing and funding physical spaces.
Beyond addressing key staffing issues, developing high-quality early childhood programs must involve using school boards to expand access and grow spaces while offering more affordable fees.
Parents can find it difficult to choose a childcare service, given the plethora of types on offer. Here are three of the most well-known alternative educational philosophies explained.
With caregivers’ faces covered, infants and young children will miss out on all the visual cues they’d normally get during stages of rapid developmental growth.
Parents are children’s first and most influential educators. They can turn ordinary moments into important learning experiences.
The ability of multilingual children to learn and advance academically from pre-primary has little to do with their English proficiency.
Cost-effective, scaleable early childhood development and education programmes can make a huge difference.
Learning languages early makes multilingualism “normal” in classrooms and playgrounds, and builds curiosity and even modest mastery.
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 education minister says that under Labor there were child care price spikes of up to 14% over a 12 month period, but under the Coalition those have fallen to “around 6% on average”. Is that right?
Kenyans need to be wary of early learning centres that pressure children with academic drills.
Research shows that preschool children take characters from popular television shows and movies and blend them together to create complex oral stories.
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.
The reorganisation of federal ministerial portfolios this week moved early childhood education and care from social services to education. This is a good thing.
At its simplest, participation is about allowing children to get involved in making decisions that affect their own lives and their own learning experiences.
You could be forgiven for thinking that education was left largely untouched in Tuesday’s federal budget. But the tinkerings to last year’s education budget still mean a “fail” for education funding.