Category Archives: Preschool/Kindergarten

NAPLAN underscores the importance of early learning

Last week the National Assessment Program – Literacy and Numeracy (NAPLAN) 2015 results were released by the Australian Curriculum, Assessment and Reporting Authority (ACARA). ACARA said “While the results show some improvements nationally and in each state and territory (for some year levels and some domains), the overall message is one of stable national achievement.” […]

Why Swedish early learning is so much better than Australia’s

Most people have heard that Finland leads the world in education, but fewer have heard that Finland’s neighbour, Sweden, is the international leader in early childhood education and care. In 1999, when Sweden was inspected by a group of international experts appointed by the OECD, the group concluded in their report that early childhood education […]

Knowing your child’s reading stage and how to help them

University of Canberra Learning to read is a complicated process and parents often wonder if their child is developing reading abilities at the rate they “should”. Research agrees, however, that reading (and writing) is very much a developmental process, which can look very different for different children, regardless of their age. It can be very […]

Talking and learning

The relationship between talking and learning is complex. Let’s look briefly at vocabulary. A recent article in The Economist states that four year olds in American households in which both parents hold degrees have heard 32 million more words than children whose parents are dependent on social security payments. Is this important? Many research studies […]

Preschool attendance boosts language in disadvantaged children

By Penny Roy, City University London and Shula Chiat, City University London All children with early language problems are at increased risk of struggling at school, and having reduced employment opportunities and life chances, but the risk of early language problems is disproportionately high for children from socioeconomically disadvantaged backgrounds. View image | gettyimages.com Given […]

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