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Connected Beginnings program makes real inroads in Closing the Gap

Connected Beginnings, a program designed to support First Nations children to prepare for school has achieved major success as a result of a recent expansion, with program providers sharing insights at Early Childhood Australia’s Reconciliation Symposium held recently in Darwin.

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by Freya Lucas

The value of loose parts play as a vehicle for children’s imagination

In 1972, architect Simon Nicholson developed the Theory of Loose Parts; the idea that loose parts, materials which can be moved around, designed and redesigned, and tinkered with; create infinitely more opportunities for creative engagement than static materials and environments. Basically, the more materials there are, the more people can interact.

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by Freya Lucas

Front Project AEDC analysis shows children in remote and regional areas are vulnerable

A new report, released this morning by The Front Project, has conducted in depth analysis into data from the most recent Australian Early Development Census (AEDC) finding that children in rural, remote and regional areas have higher rates of developmental vulnerability compared with their peers in metropolitan areas.

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by Freya Lucas

Thriving Queensland Kids Partnership brings over $7m forward to help Queensland children

Leading philanthropic agencies, community groups, research organisations, universities and the Queensland Government are taking forward a bold initiative targeting the improvement of the wellbeing of children and families in Queensland backed by over $7 million in funding.

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by Freya Lucas

Why children learn how to say ‘spoon’ before ‘sky’

For adults, communicating in our first language feels easy and natural. Yet learning language is a complex process that is influenced by several factors.

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by Freya Lucas

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