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Forget ‘no jab, no pay’ schemes, there are better ways to boost vaccination

Immunisation in Australia isn’t compulsory – and doesn’t need to be controversial. Most Australians recognise the incredible benefits that vaccination provides to prevent serious disease; we have high and stable coverage rates of around 93%. Getting childhood immunisation to the 95% target rate would be even better, providing more individual protection and “community immunity”. However, […]

Supporting young children’s rights: statement of intent

On 31 March 2015, Australia’s first National Children’s Commissioner, Megan Mitchell, and Early Childhood Australia’s CEO, Sam Page, will jointly launch a statement of intent on supporting young children’s rights. This collaboratively developed document provides all professionals and services working with young children with a framework to be a clear and credible voice advocating in […]

Why some children think they’re more special than everyone else

Narcissistic children feel superior to others, believe they are entitled to privileges and crave admiration from others. When they don’t get the admiration they want, they may lash out aggressively. Why do some children become narcissistic, whereas others develop more modest views of themselves? We have undertaken research into this question and we found socialisation […]

Collaborative partnerships with families and communities

There is a traditional African proverb that suggests “It takes a village to raise a child”. Modern research supports that what children need is for families, educators and communities to collectively support their healthy development and well being. Recognising this, the approved learning frameworks[1] identify as a learning outcome that children should have opportunities to […]

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 […]

Returning to work after childbirth: still a case of ‘managing it all’

The return by women to paid work after maternity or parental leave plays a crucial role in driving our workforce and economy. There is growing recognition of the link between supporting employees with caregiving responsibilities, attracting, retaining and developing the best talent, and company competitiveness. But women’s pregnancy, maternity or parental leave, and return to […]

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