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Governments spend less than half the amount per child in early childhood education compared to what they spend per child in school. from shutterstock.com

Not all Australian parents can access quality childcare and preschool – they can’t just ‘shop around’

Many families already shop around for childcare and still face major barriers such as availability. And shopping around is not a realistic option for many living in disadvantaged areas.
Over the next few weeks, many preschoolers will meet their foundation teachers, spend some time in a classroom and hopefully make some new friends. from shutterstock.com

Children learn through play – it shouldn’t stop at preschool

One-quarter of children who start school aren't developmentally ready. Play-based learning in the early years of school can help with the transition, as well as providing a host of other benefits.
Australia is making significant strides in early childhood education, but we need more commitment if we’re to meet the evidence. from shutterstock.com

Both major parties are finally talking about the importance of preschool – here’s why it matters

Investing in early childhood education and care can save more money in the long run – in areas including health care – than dealing with these issues later in life.
The right age for your child to start school will vary, depending on their readiness, your family situation and the readiness of the school for the child. Howard County Library System/flickr

The ‘right’ age to start school varies for each child

There are a number of questions parents should be asking to determine what age is best to send their child to school.
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.

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