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Why Investing In Children’s Early Development Will Bring Big Rewards


September 27, 2017
University of Wollongong

2017 Early Start Conference brings together world experts in early childhood education and care.

To improve the academic results of Australian schoolchildren comparative to their international fellow students, the best place to invest is in early childhood education.

So argues Andreas Schleicher, Director for Education and Skills, and Special Advisor on Education Policy to the Secretary-General, at the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) in Paris….

Another of the keynote speakers, Dr Steven Barnett, Board of Governors Professor of Education and Director of the National Institute for Early Education Research (NIEER) at Rutgers University, will discuss his research into universal preschool education and why some programs have achieved greater success than others.

Other topics to be explored in conference talks include how best to support the inclusion of special-needs children, men in early years education, the benefits of building challenging and risky learning spaces, and the effects of preschool music programs on children’s oral language skills.

The conference theme, ‘Helping Children Flourish and Realise Their Potential: Translating Research for Policy, Practice and Community’, reflects the values at the core of Early Start ‘s mission.