Underpaid and undervalued: the reality of childcare work in the UK

Despite the important job they do, wages for people working in childcare tend to be low. These workers earn less than the average wage across all UK employment sectors and barely half that of qualified teachers.

6 hours ago

by Eva Lloyd, University of East London

Shared reading with infants and toddlers is the secret to strong vocab, US researchers say

Shared reading is associated with stronger vocabulary skills for nearly all children by three years of age, physicians at Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School and Princeton University have found, showing this to be the case even for children who genetically may be vulnerable to barriers in learning, attention and behaviour development.

a day ago

by Freya Lucas

Prominent Hawaiian academic leads Narrm Oration, with lessons for Australian ECEC

Doctor Larry L Kimura, Associate Professor of Hawaiian Language at Ka Haka ʻUla O Keʻelikōlani College of Hawaiian Language at the University of Hawaii Hilo led the 2019 Narrm Oration at the University of Melbourne yesterday evening, sharing important lessons for the Australian early childhood education and care (ECEC) sector about the importance of embedding Indigenous languages in early childhood programs to prevent languages from being lost.

11 days ago

by Freya Lucas

30 years of Convention: historic gains, but many of the poorest children still miss out

A new report issued by UNICEF has found that while there have been historic gains overall for the world’s children since the Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC) was adopted 30 years ago, many of the poorest children are yet to feel the impact.

21 days ago

by Freya Lucas

Learning letter sounds is the key to reading, Norwegian researchers say

Children will learn to read more easily when they are able to learn letters and the sounds the letters make as early as possible, researchers from the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU) have found.

21 days ago

by Freya Lucas