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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.” […]

Leaders should not retreat from early childhood education debate

South Australia’s (SA) proposal to take over responsibility for early childhood has created a timely debate ahead of today’s Council of Australian Governments (COAG) leaders retreat. SA Premier Jay Weatherill’s proposal would create a continuum of schooling – from early childhood to year 12. The potential benefits include consolidating responsibility for the delivery of early […]

Free play or group teaching? The rise of Chinese kindergartens

Research in focus There is now huge demand for kindergarten education in China, with up to 60% of Chinese children currently accessing 150,420 kindergartens. (Hu, Leong & Li, 2015 p.4). These kindergartens mainly serve affluent families in urban areas, while lower socioeconomic communities are serviced by poorer quality, private services. To improve equity in access, the Chinese […]

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 […]

School adjustment critical to long-term wellbeing

Starting primary school is an important, but potentially stressful, time in a child’s development. Kay Margetts, Associate Professor of Early Childhood Studies at the Melbourne Graduate School of Education, talks about children’s social, emotional and behavioural adjustment to school and the importance of early preparation by families for the best outcomes. How strong is the […]

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