Preschooler Education

Why we should be raising feminist sons

Saman Shad It is just as important to teach our sons to be feminists as it is to teach our daughters.

The Smith Family: Improving children's numeracy skills with their 'Let's Count' program

Let's Count: Including maths into the everyday lives of children.

Livia Gamble From taking the kids grocery shopping to cooking pikelets, incorporating mathematics into the everyday lives of children can improve their numeracy skills, a new study found.

5 lessons I’m learning from my preschooler


Ariane Beeston Have you found that your child is teaching you as about life as you are teaching them?


How teachers shape kids' creative development


Gai Lindsay Early childhood experiences can affect developing confidence and learning potential throughout a child's education and into adulthood.

6 lessons learnt from my language delayed children

Lessons learnt ... different parenting challenges offer unique lessons.

Thuy Yau All parents go through different challenges with their children. Here are the six lessons I've learnt about parenting - from my experiences of having language delayed children.

Teaching your child to swim

Developing confident swimmers.

Julia Cahill While every child will learn to swim differently we need to help our kids enjoy swimming with confidence by finding the method that works best for them.

Pushing academics on preschoolers doesn't add up

The things that really matter when educating a preschooler.

John Rosemond How these parents' responded to a parent teacher interview about their preschooler's academic performance will surprise you in the best way.

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What to ask at your preschooler's parent-teacher conference

Is your preschooler ready for big school?

Jennifer Chung Daycare and preschool parent-teacher conferences can be a useful tool to help prepare your child to enter kindergarten. Here is what you should ask and why it will help.

Five things I have not taught my kids and it is okay

Why you shouldn't be your child's only teacher.

Josefa Pete I haven't taught my kids everything they know and here is why there is so much more to be gained if you don't.

Girl, 4, hands out heroin at day care

Preschoolers in playground.

A 4-year-old girl mistakenly took hundreds of packets of heroin to her day care centre in the United States and began passing it out to classmates, thinking it was sweets.

Preschoolers debate the weather, poke our hearts

Katie Carlin Who knew that discussing rain would be such a hotly debated topic among preschoolers? This is one debate you don't want to miss.

Cruel or kind: how happy are our class pets?

Class pets a good idea?

Belinda Williams Class pets are a drawcard when choosing a kindergarten or childcare centre for your child. But Australia’s leading animal welfare group says they shouldn’t be.


Government rolls out trial to teach preschoolers second language through apps

Apps to teach preschoolers a second language.

Livia Gamble Preschoolers will be learning a second language through play-based apps on tablet devices as the government announces trial will roll out in selected schools.


Kid whisperer teaches children good manners

Angus Bianco, 3, from Rosebud Cottage, Rozelle,  holds up a medal the children recieve when they have finished their course.

Rachel Browne An eight-week program is giving teachers the power to instil good old-fashioned manners in any child from toddlers to teens.


Misbehaving before starting school

Six month wait all too much for school-ready preschoolers.

Catherine Rodie If you are finding the last six months before your child starts big school a particularly trying time, you’re not alone.

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Pre-schoolers' drawings can predict future intelligence

Scientists discover interesting connection between drawing and future intelligence.

Catherine Rodie Scientists at Kings College London claim that four-year-olds’ drawings can be used to predict future intelligence - here is what they discovered.


When your child says racist things

Unsure of what he said wrong ...

Danielle Colley “I hope she’s not brown” my son said of our upcoming trip to the doctor. “I don’t like brown people.”


Childcare experts warn children will struggle

Childcare workers need to be well qualified, say experts.

Rachel Browne Proposed changes to early childhood education will leave children struggling to meet their learning potential, experts warn.

Heartbroken 4-year-old learns deleting photos is permanent

Tough life lessons.

Rachel Clun A four-year-old has learned the hard way that when you delete something, it’s gone for good.

Nannies: a viable alternative to traditional childcare

The benefits of having a nanny ...

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?

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Childcare report: Government dismisses swipe at paid parental leave

Sussan Ley assistant minister for education in Parliament House Canberra on Thursday 30 January 2014.

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.

Call for paid childcare for 'qualified' grandparents

Childcare: Nannies, grandparents and anyone else willing could join workers at childcare centres and family day care in being eligible for government payments.

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.


Lack of demand keeping childcare centres closed early

Liz Porqueddu

Miki Perkins Call for childcare services to operate centres round-the-clock is neither practical nor in demand, according to a nationwide childcare survey.

12 questions to ask before choosing a preschool

How do you know which preschool is the right one?

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.


Budget leaves pre-school funding up in the air

Has the Federal Government put an end to quality pre-school education?

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.

Want to improve your kids' writing? Let them draw

Link between good writers and drawing.

Misty Adoniou Children who draw before they tackle writing tasks produce better writing.

Tutoring for tots is growing in popularity


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.


Meditation is helping kids in more ways than one

The power of Om ...

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.

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Why children should study philosophy


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?


Australian preschools should be free

Kylie Peake

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.

Computer use gives pre-schoolers literacy boost

Pre-schoolers who use computers learn their ABCs

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.


How to build crucial language skills in kids from day one


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.


Coaching: Parents send children to school before preschool


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.


Are best friend dramas starting younger?

“She’s not your best friend, she’s my best friend!”

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.


When your child's best friend starts school without them

Losing one friend and making new ones can be daunting for young children.

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.


Childcare workers asked to hand back wage rise


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.


Childcare costs: families spending 9% of income after subsidies


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.


Learning a second language

Families weigh up the pros and cons of teaching their preschoolers a second language.

Catherine Rodie Families weigh up the pros and cons of teaching their preschoolers a second language.


Preschool teachers' lasting effect


Cosima Marriner Children who attended kindergarten under qualified teacher scored higher in NAPLAN tests.

How likely are children to follow a stranger?


Sarah Macdonald A new experiment reveals distressing results. But should we smother kids with our fears?


Three-year-olds face fund cuts

Engadine Pre-School

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.


Paying for playdates

They might excel in all areas of academia but the art of playing eludes them.

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.

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It's not a 'lady garden' it's a vulva

No laughing matter ...

Aleisha Orr Charlotte Caruso is not keen on having one of her two young daughters talking about their "vulva" in the supermarket.

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Keeping boys reading

Boy reading Essential Kids

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.

Not all appy children get best of educations

Preschoolers from KU preschool at Kilara

Rachel Browne In the expanding world of early childhood education and technology, not all apps are created equal.

Benefits of iPad child's play


Matthew Dunn A study is being conducted at three Queensland kindergartens to examine the educational benefits of iPad use for pre-school children.

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Children escape from snake through window

An eastern brown snake like one that sent a panic through a Carbrook kindergarten.

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.

Are parents bulllying teachers?


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.

Wiggles shake-up: female back-up dancer joins as three members retire

Emma Watson

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.


Storytime comes at a cost

Karen Johnson reads to children at the Leichhardt Library during a preschool story time session.

Is paying professionals to read stories helping children get ahead or replacing bedtime reading? Cosima Marriner and James Robertson report.

Finding the path from risk to reward

Victoria Minani with son Jean Bosco at home with Tra Mi Le. They have taken part in a home tutoring program. 13 February 2012.
The Age Education. Photo:EDDIE JIM.

Caroline Milburn An early intervention program that helps children with maths and English also benefits their parents, writes Caroline Milburn.

More four-year-olds starting school

Eleni Savva and son Alexander.

Benjamin Preiss More parents are facing tough decisions about whether their children are ready to start school.

Daytime naps spell trouble at night

Cosima Marriner

Cosima Marriner Enforced rests for children may make it easier for childcare workers, but it can be a different story for parents.


Preschools flunk the test


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.

Where children thrive on an outside chance

Scandanavian child care.

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.

Preschool gives lesson in adapting to ensure survival


Elisabeth Tarica On a Saturday, the grounds at Baxter Preschool are filled with excited children.

Awareness day to deliver driveway safety


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.

Starting preschool: 10 tips for parents


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.

Playgroups give children early lesson in life


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.

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