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Are the kids alright? Social isolation can take a toll, but play can help

Many parents are worried the disruptions of COVID lockdowns and school closures may affect their children’s mental health and development.

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by Freya Lucas

A hug from a caring adult is the best medicine for children, researchers find

From as young as four months of age, hugs from parents and familiar caring adults “makes all the difference”, researchers from Japan’s Toho University have found.

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by Freya Lucas

ECTs named in resilient occupations list post of Australia’s post COVID-19 workforce

Research recently published by the National Skills Commission (NSC) into the shape of Australia’s workforce as we emerge from COVID-19 has shown that early childhood teachers (ECTs) will continue to be in demand, and more so than early childhood education and care (ECEC) managers or educators as Australia’s workforce emerges from COVID-19.

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by Freya Lucas

When it comes to building IQ, nurture makes a significant difference, research finds

Preschoolers who live in impoverished communities, but who have access to a nurturing home environment have significantly higher intelligence quotient (IQ) scores in adolescence compared to those raised without nurturing care, a new international study from the University of Maryland School of Medicine (UMSOM) has found.

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by Freya Lucas

Make room for play as we stumble through this pandemic holiday and new year

We hear constantly how the COVID-19 pandemic has affected the economy, personal finance, education, health and the work day. But what about play — how has the pandemic affected play?

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by Freya Lucas

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