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Funding for 15 hours of kindergarten: set to run out end of 2017

by Jenny Mikakos At the end of January 2017, more than 320,000 children will have their first day at kindergarten. Over the course of the year, early childhood teachers and educators will use their expertise and knowledge to build those children’s social, emotional, literacy and numeracy skills, their critical and creative thinking, their perseverance, sociability […]

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How Canberra is failing the early learning sector

After the re-election of the Turnbull government, Australia’s early childhood sector faces renewed uncertainty over future funding along with a looming teacher shortage as low wages and heavy workloads take their toll. The future of universal access – the provision of 15 hours a week of preschool education to every child in the year before […]

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Ending the universal uncertainty

Now is the critical time to press for the permanency, once and for all, of 15 hours’ preschool a week for four-year-olds. BY NIC BARNARD   For the third time in four years, early educators are campaigning to make 15 hours a week of preschool a permanent, ongoing entitlement for every four-year-old. The evidence is […]

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