The future of Australia rests on early education. Early Childhood Australia’s (ECA) National President, Christine Legg talks about children’s early development and why Australia needs to invest in and support a high-quality early childhood education system. If you imagine a child’s brain as a five-drawer filing cabinet, research indicates that the majority of those drawers are already filled by the time the child turns five. ECA National President, Christine Legg, says this analogy is a powerful illustration of the importance of quality early childhood education. ‘The early years of a child’s life is the optimal time to lay the foundations for learning,’ Legg says. ‘The first five years are crucial at setting them on the path towards lifelong success as an adult. And success isn’t only measured by occupation or income—it’s also about individuals contributing to society as a whole person.’http://thespoke.earlychildhoodaustralia.org.au/getting-early-education-right-critical-children-future/
Stories with family benefit everyone
January 22, 2019
We just love this special moment captured on camera between 18 month-old Edgar and his granny. You can see them both relishing the experience and it’s also clear Granny knows exactly how to make the most of her time with her grandson. Here’s what we love:Follow the link to First5Forever to find out more. http://first5forever.org.au/stories-with-family-benefit-everyone/?utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=February%20monthly%20news&utm_content=February%20monthly%20news+Version+A+CID_0d5802dcbc5d8249728689ca66b9c853&utm_source=First5Forever%20enews&utm_term=Read%20more
Kids Who Use Smartphones Start Talking LaterTIME magazine “Growing evidence suggests that screen time may have some negative consequences for young children’s development. In a new study of nearly 900 children between six months and two years old, researchers found that those who spent more time using handheld devices were more likely to have delays in expressive speech, compared to children who didn’t use the devices as much. For every 30 minutes of screen time, there was a 49% increased risk of expressive speech delay. The research, which was led by pediatricians at the Hospital for Sick Children in Canada, was presented at the annual meeting of the Pediatric Academic Societies.
The researchers say they did not find any effect of screen time on other communication skills, such as gesturing, body language or social interactions. But the effect on speech is worth investigating.