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Parents and academics alike agree that childcare should be seen as a central part of the national economy. Janine Wiedel Photolibrary / Alamy Stock Photo

Why the UK childcare system is at breaking point

Childcare is central to families being able to sustain working lives. But insufficient government funding and a complex web of for-profit companies means many are losing out
Beyond the many known benefits of outdoor education, COVID-19 has highlighted the outdoors as an environment which mitigates the risk of spreading airborne viruses. (Pexels/Charles Parker)

Why the outdoors should be an integral part of every early learning and child-care program

Planning outdoor early learning and child care has implications for training and recruiting educators as well as for planning, developing and funding physical spaces.
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
Both when planning family activities and choosing a child care provider, parents should be mindful of how much physical activity their children are getting. (Shutterstock)

Kids’ physical activity before age 5 matters so much because of the developing brain

When young children are active, their brains and bodies develop the ABCs of “physical literacy,” a key developmental foundation. A new program from University of Winnipeg can help.
The interruption to young children’s learning is happening precisely at a time when developmental gains matter most. (Shutterstock)

Coronavirus school closures could widen inequities for our youngest students

Remote contact with families in the coronavirus emergency is critical, but learning on a screen is not how young children will gain the foundational and developmental skills they need.
A year of high expectations, yet little action. from www.shutterstock.com

2016, the year that was: Education

Gonski funding was scrapped and the vocational education sector got a new student loan system. Here’s what else happened in education this year…

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