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Childcare reforms must not come at expense of quality: policy expert

By Dr Elizabeth Hill, co-convenor of the Australian Work and Family Policy Roundtable ...

Mothers of children with autism benefit from peer-led intervention: study

Peer-led interventions that target parental well-being can significantly reduce stress, depression and anxiety in mothers of children with disabilities, according to new ...

Preschoolers Can Reflect on What They Don’t Know

Contrary to previous assumptions, researchers find that preschoolers are able to gauge the strength of their memories and make decisions based on their self-assessments. The study findings are published in Psychological Science, a journal of the Association for Psychological Science. ... Full story

Natural-terrain schoolyards reduce children’s stress, says CU-Boulder study

Playing in schoolyards that feature natural habitats and trees and not just asphalt and recreation equipment reduces children’s stress and inattention, according to a University of Colorado Boulder study. ... Full story

Background TV can be bad for kids

University of Iowa study shows link between TV programming and children's learning and development ... Full story

Room for Improvement in Elementary School Children’s Lunches and Snacks from Home

BOSTON ) ─ Open a child’s lunch box and you’re likely to find that the lunches and snacks inside fall short of federal guidelines. Those are the findings of a study conducted by researchers at the Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy at Tufts University and in the Department of Public Health and Community Medicine at Tufts University School of Medicine. The findings are published online ahead of print in the Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. ... Full story

CBT in school reduces childhood anxiety

Introducing lessons in cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) in primary schools would significantly reduce anxiety levels among 9 – 10 year olds, according to new research published today (Wednesday) in The Lancet Psychiatry. ... Full story

Sexual abuse in childhood linked to signs of atherosclerosis in midlife

American Heart Association Rapid Access Journal Report ... Full story

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