Posted February 06, 2018 14:29:50 An increasing number of educators are advocating for schools to be able to offer child education opportunities as a way to help them achieve their academic and life goals.
In a wide-ranging interview with ABC Radio Adelaide, child education expert and chair of the National Children’s Bureau (NCB) Dr Helen Clark said she had spoken to many teachers who wanted to give their own child a child education opportunity.
“I would urge everyone to think about what your child needs, and what you can give them to help their academic or life goals,” Dr Clark said.
The NCB has been a leader in the push for school-based child education for children in South Australia, Western Australia and New South Wales, but the issue has received a lot of attention in the last few years.
It is a growing area, Dr Clark told the ABC.
One of the things that is really exciting is the opportunity to work with parents to see how they can work together and really get the most out of their child’s learning.
There are a number of ways in which the education system can be changed in the next generation, including how schools and schools councils can manage their resources and what resources are actually available.
But the biggest issue for the future is that of a child learning on their own.
Dr Clark stressed that the focus needed to be on what your children are learning and how you can help them.
This is something that needs to be done by the school, the school council and the community.
Dr Clark said parents needed to look at how they were using their children and work together to support them in learning.
“You can’t get a sense of what is going on in a child’s mind and what they’re feeling, so what you do is you’re looking for patterns in your child’s life and you work with them to identify what their needs are and what is being done to help get them to those places,” she said.
Dr Clark’s comments come after the NSW Government announced a pilot project to provide free child education to low-income students.
New South Wales Chief Minister Michael Gunner said the pilot project would help the state meet the needs of “families who are trying to save money and do not have access to a child care provider”.
“There are so many opportunities out there, whether it’s with school and the local community or working with parents,” he said.
“I think that’s the one area where we can really support the community and make sure that parents have the opportunity for a child to be in the best possible circumstances.”
While child education is a priority in the states, Dr Lewis said she would be very disappointed if the pilot program did not succeed in Australia.
Child education is just one of the ways in the future we can make sure all children are well-rounded and have access, she said in an interview with the ABC News Breakfast.
“There’s so much that can be done with education and I’m sure that all of us can do more,” Dr Lewis told the Breakfast.
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