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The Early Years of a Child are Vital to the Child's Opportunities as an Adult

An expert article by: Australian Futures Project

In 2015, 1 in 5 Australian children started school developmentally vulnerable on one or more domains and there has been little change in this proportion since 2009. Children from disadvantaged backgrounds are more than twice as likely to be developmentally vulnerable at the start of school, and this number increases to two in five for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children.

What's the cost of childcare?

Many parents are feeling frustrated with rising childcare costs and want a solution to the problem. Among parents with young children, around 2 in 5 say that kids and childcare are putting pressure on their household budgets and more than half (57 per cent) believe that the cost of childcare is a ‘major problem’ that needs to be fixed.

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  1. Adopt a "Grandparent"

    A big idea by: Olivia Lanchester

    Link local childcare centres with local retirement villages. Set up a roster of volunteers from our older population to spend regular time with preschoolers, increasing one-on-one time for preschoolers. Benefits for all participants.

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