My overworked primary school teachers concluded I was just not very bright. But I was lucky. I had a mother who would not accept such a bleak diagnosis for her son.
Children with at least two years of preschool achieve much higher scores than those who attend no preschool or only one year.
It's 9am on Friday and four-year-old Nicholas has bowled up to class in Leichhardt's Italian Forum, he's sheepishly holding a piece of paper in his hand. It's his homework, he says, as he presents it to his "school readiness" teacher, Violeta Dimeska.
Every morning as she opens her eyes, Hafsa Nimrah Qaseem sees her son Sufiyaan's smiling face.
My son has a large birthmark on his neck. It's chestnut-brown, and I like to describe it as the approximate shape of South America.
Mike Baird acts on preschool fees.
A Canadian mother's genius hack for teaching kids how to tie their shoelaces is going viral.
Imogen Lewis recommends you "worship" the syllabus to get great marks in Legal Studies.
The Auditor-General says the government has hoarded hundreds of millions in funding budgeted for the early childhood sector, while high fees keep many families from sending their kids to childcare or preschool.
Now, please understand that the bulk of the time, I do pay attention to these people.
Many consider the five cent coin irrelevant and useless. But the little coin is making a big difference.