Stacey Gladman Once thought only to be an option available to those with a large income, nannies could soon become more affordable for Australian families but would you use one?
JUDITH IRELAND The Coalition argues that funds should not be redirected away from the paid parental leave scheme and into childcare services, after suggestion made by a Productivity Commission.
MIKI PERKINS Nannies and grandparents could be paid by the government to look after children if they get the right TAFE qualifications under a proposal to overhaul the nations convoluted childcare system.
MIKI PERKINS Call for childcare services to operate centres round-the-clock is neither practical nor in demand, according to a nationwide childcare survey.
Josefa Pete If you want to choose the right preschool for your child you need to ask the right questions as well as listen to your gut, writes Josefa Pete.
LETITIA ROWLANDS A quality pre-school education for all Australian children could be under threat after the Federal Government failed to commit funds to the sector in last week's budget.
Misty Adoniou Children who draw before they tackle writing tasks produce better writing.
Konrad Marshall 'School readiness' programs are increasing in popularity for preschool-age children where they learn everything from basic literacy and numeracy to how to hold a pencil.
Cassy Small A growing number of parents are switching on to the idea of encouraging their children to switch off, with benefits found to include improved behaviour, attention, sleep patterns and performance in school.
Laura D'Olimpio Children are natural philosophers. Ask anyone who has encountered a three-year old constantly asking the question “Why?” Yet how often do we encourage the questions children ask and really take the time to further develop the ensuing discussion?
Rachel Browne Free preschools for all children need to be offered in Australia if we are to compete economically with other developed countries, says leading international early childhood education expert.
LETITIA ROWLANDS Many parents are concerned their toddlers spend too much time in front of a computer screen, but new research shows children might be learning while playing.
Lauran Neergaard New research shows that both how much and how well parents talk with babies and toddlers helps tune the youngsters’ brains in ways that build crucial language and vocabulary skills.
COSIMA MARRINER One in five of the English students at tutoring company Kumon are preschoolers, as parents increasingly seek to give their children a head start on their peers when they reach school.
Lilani Goonesena “She’s not your best friend, she’s my best friend!” – was the first thing my four-year old heard upon entering her new classroom.
CATHERINE RODIE Is your child feeling left behind? Here is how to help them through the sadness of not seeing their best friend at preschool each day.
Jonathan Swan and Bianca Hall The Abbott government is asking childcare providers to ''do the right thing'' and hand back $62.5 million given to them to improve wages in the poorly paid sector.
MATT WADE Families with one child in full-time day care are devoting about 9 per cent of their disposable incomes to childcare fees even though the federal government spends more than $5 billion a year subsiding parents.
Catherine Rodie Families weigh up the pros and cons of teaching their preschoolers a second language.
Cosima Marriner Children who attended kindergarten under qualified teacher scored higher in NAPLAN tests.
SARAH MACDONALD A new experiment reveals distressing results. But should we smother kids with our fears?
RACHEL BROWNE One-third of the state's community-based preschools face closure under a new funding model for early childhood education which strips funding for three-year-olds to focus greater resources on four- and five-year-olds.
Kasey Edwards Parents of over-scheduled preschoolers are paying for tutoring lessons to train their kids on how to play with others in the hopes of securing a place for them in a prestigious school.
ALEISHA ORR Charlotte Caruso is not keen on having one of her two young daughters talking about their "vulva" in the supermarket.
Stephanie Brown How do we prevent boys from giving up on reading as they age? Stephanie Brown shares her tips on how to nurture your sons love of reading into adulthood.
Rachel Browne In the expanding world of early childhood education and technology, not all apps are created equal.
Matthew Dunn A study is being conducted at three Queensland kindergartens to examine the educational benefits of iPad use for pre-school children.
BRIDIE JABOUR Eighteen children had to escape their kindergarten through a window after a deadly eastern brown snake slithered into the classroom and chased them through three rooms south of Brisbane.
Julie Power Teachers are increasingly being bullied, yelled at, and in rarer cases, physically assaulted by some assertive parents who believe they have an ''inalienable right to scream and demand things for their children,'' the NSW Teachers Federation says.
Christine Sams A 20-year-old back-up dancer will become the first female Wiggle, as part of a major line-up change for the iconic band.
Is paying professionals to read stories helping children get ahead or replacing bedtime reading? Cosima Marriner and James Robertson report.
Caroline Milburn An early intervention program that helps children with maths and English also benefits their parents, writes Caroline Milburn.
Benjamin Preiss More parents are facing tough decisions about whether their children are ready to start school.
Cosima Marriner Enforced rests for children may make it easier for childcare workers, but it can be a different story for parents.
Cosima Marriner The standard of teaching in Australian preschools is ''very poor'', a government-funded national study into the quality of early education has found.
Cosima Marriner IT IS minus 15 degrees and three-year-olds are sleeping outside in the snow, snuggled up in reindeer-skin tents with hot water bottles to keep them warm.
Elisabeth Tarica On a Saturday, the grounds at Baxter Preschool are filled with excited children.
KATIE CARLIN On average, one child a month across Australia dies after being run over in the family driveway. Each death is one too many when driveway accidents can be prevented.
Schools NSW Preschool or Kinder programs provide a important early childhood education for children aged 3 to 5, before formal schooling commences. For some children it may be their first experience in out-of-home care. Here's are 10 tips for a smooth start.
Adele Horin Playgroups are considered the poor cousin to formal childcare, even though about 150,000 Australian children attend them regularly, usually with their mother.