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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.
Research shows play-based programs for young children can provide a strong basis for later success at school. Shutterstock

Play-based learning can set your child up for success at school and beyond

Research shows play-based learning programs enhance children's learning outcomes and teaches them skills relevant to the 21st century, such as problem-solving and creativity.
Parents can effectively manage their children’s relationships with schools in many positive ways. Shutterstock

How to gently prepare your child for prep

Encouraging positive associations with school, good temperament and keeping communication open between parents, children and teachers can help your child (and you) be more ready for this transition.
Children living in the most disadvantaged areas will average half the NAPLAN scores in reading, writing and numeracy tests than those living in the least disadvantaged areas. Shutterstock

New research shows there is still a long way to go in providing equality in education

The gap between the most and least advantaged areas in Australia is reflected in educational inequality.
Children are exposed to gender differences and expectations from the moment they are born. from www.shutterstock.com

Can a four-year-old be sexist?

At the age of four, children have a basic understanding of gender differences and expectations. But it is unlikely they would knowingly be sexist.

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