Child Care News for Parents & Carers
June 21, 2017
Welcome, this week learn about the latest findings from the Abecedarian Project, which provides strong evidence to support children's participation in high quality early childhood settings. Also, what you can do to support development of your child's numeracy skills.
Long-term benefits of high quality early education
One of the world's oldest education studies announced its latest findings recently, bringing welcome reassurance to parents who place their children in child care.

Founded in 1971, the Abecedarian Project has followed 96 children who participated in an early education program for at-risk infants for 45 years.

The study provided the children with high-quality education, five days a week from six-weeks old through to kindergarten and found that the provision of early education can make a lifetime of difference to the child.
The importance of numeracy in under fives
In this tech-focused 21st century, numeracy skills are becoming increasingly critical, both for employment and social participation. Numeracy isn't simply counting and addition. It is understanding patterns, spatial awareness, mathematical thinking and reasoning, and the foundations for these skills are laid long before formal education starts.

As the Early Years Learning Framework (EYLF) states: "Positive attitudes and competencies in literacy and numeracy are essential for children's successful learning. The foundations for these competencies are built in early childhood." (DEEWR, 2009, p. 38).
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