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The benefits of early interevention

“No single approach to education works for all children with autism – that is why it is a ”spectrum” and that is why there is a broad range of supports available in the education system – from the jelly bean jar or teacher’s aide support in mainstream class, to high support with high staff ratios in specialist autism schools.”

“Not all disabilities are created equal”, Kathryn Wicks (SMH)

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Another bandaid solution?

“The new standards are designed to transform centres into learning, rather than babysitting, environments but have been criticised by the opposition and some parts of the childcare sector for being too expensive and ultimately costing parents through increased fees.”

“Grants to be tripled to staff in childcare”, Patricia Karvelas (The Australian, paywalled)

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Goodstart Early Learning continue their positive advocacy

[Goodstart Early Learning] Chief executive Julia Davison said the shift to quality early learning meant staff needed higher wages. “For us to be able to continue to deliver quality early learning and achieve positive outcomes for children, we need to be able to attract and retain qualified and experienced early learning professionals,” Ms Davison said.

“Childcare giant backs pay claim, if government pays” (The Australian, paywalled)

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Are we happy to put those who study and train to educate the young children of Australia in the same basket as dance therapists, DJs and tennis coaches?

In a submission to the government, Guardian Childcare Alliance said diploma-qualified childcare workers should be added to the list of professions that qualify for 457 visas. “If hairdressers, stockbrokers, glass blowers, dance therapists, disc jockeys (and) tennis coaches can all qualify for a 457 visa, why not diploma-trained childcare staff?”

“Visa plan for childcare workers”, Patricia Karvelas (The Australian, paywalled)

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In the News: Karen Hardy: “Big childcare choices need to be made”

Great article up today from Karen Hardy in the Opinion pages of the Canberra Times.

As a parent, one of my biggest bugbears was the turnover of staff, 180 a week, as alluded to by the Big Steps website. Your child would just have become attached to a particular carer, you would have developed a relationship with them yourself, and then they’d leave. I totally understood why, but, in those years when I was in the heart of it, could barely sympathise.

Read more: http://www.canberratimes.com.au/opinion/big-childcare-choices-need-to-be-made-20120803-23khd.html