Universal Preschool News
In this section, you'll find editorials, legislation, public policy and trends
on issues relating to preschool, pre-kindergarten, childcare and the push toward
universal preschool education. Particularly of note are articles concerning the
states claim of a compelling interest in compulsory preschool education. Visit
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Is your baby playing with its toes yet? If not the government wants to know why
Babies will be assessed on their gurgling, babbling and toe-playing abilities when they are a few months old under a legally enforced national curriculum for children from birth to five published by the government yesterday.
When children enter compulsory schooling, they should be able to read simple sentences using a phonics-based approach, count reliably up to 10 and sing simple songs from memory, as well as respecting others' beliefs and learning to share and take turns.
March 14, 2007
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Hidden stress of the nursery age
· Study finds hormone level soars when daycare starts
· Extra time with parents needed to help calm down
Toddlers starting at nursery after being at home since birth experience high levels of stress in the first weeks after separating from their mothers, and are still showing
"chronic mild stress" as long as five months after their first day in the new environment, according to a study measuring hormone levels in young children.
September 19, 2005
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