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Going to pre-school consolidates language skills and aids children’s emotional development. MBI / Alamy Stock Photo

How missing out on nursery due to COVID has affected children’s development – new research

Not being able to attend nurseries due to lockdown has affected children’s growth in emotional, linguistic and physical terms. The longterm effect could heighten inequality
Interacting with other children and educators outside of the family environment benefits children’s early development. Andrew Fox / Alamy Stock Photo

Why early-years education must be prioritised in pandemic recovery plans

From nursery closures to families self-isolating, COVID has disrupted children’s access to pre-school care. This impacts their development, and their parents’ ability to work
In February, thousands of women marched in Mexico City to demand that President Andrés Manuel López Obrador do more to keep women safe. The protest sign featured here reads, ‘Don’t be indifferent.’ Reuters/Edgard Garrido/Reuters

Mexican president López Obrador has a woman problem

Mexico is the second most dangerous country for women in Latin America. Yet the new government is slashing funding for programs meant to protect and empower women.
Making preschool free will dramatically improve affordability for families across Ontario, Canada, and lead to a predicted increase of 40,000 parents in full-time employment. (Shutterstock)

Why free preschool makes the most sense for families

It is vital that Ontario’s child-care reforms reach all families, and that the province learns from mistakes made in Quebec.
Malcolm Turnbull and Simon Birmingham with preschool children at a childcare centre. AAP/Mick Tsikas

PolicyCheck: the government’s new child care plan

Here’s how the government’s new childcare plan will change the way families are given assistance with paying for child care.
Was Bill Shorten right about federal government spending on negative gearing and capital gains tax concessions? Q&A

Election FactCheck Q&A: does the government spend more on negative gearing and capital gains tax discounts than on child care or higher education?

Opposition Leader Bill Shorten said that Australia spends more at a Commonwealth level on negative gearing and capital gains tax discounts than it does on child care or higher education. Is he right?

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