There’s no doubt that child education is one of the most neglected areas in Australia, and one that needs urgent attention from all levels of government.
A major priority is to ensure children in rural areas have access to quality education that is delivered on a time-based basis, and that parents are able to provide their children with the right resources at the right time.
The current state of education in rural Australia is poor and there is a high risk of child neglect, with a large proportion of children living in poverty.
But there’s a bigger problem, which is that many of these children are also at risk of developing behaviour and learning problems.
And, unfortunately, many of the problems are not just physical, but also psychological, and can lead to problems in life and health.
Research from the University of Western Australia shows that poor child education can affect an individual’s ability to lead productive and responsible lives.
This study found that children in poverty had significantly lower academic performance and were less likely to be enrolled in education as adults.
The study also found that these children were also more likely to experience stress related to poverty, and to experience poorer physical health.
The authors said the research showed that “poor child education has been associated with increased risk of mental health and substance use problems and lower self-esteem, and also negatively impacts educational attainment and wellbeing in adulthood”.
“While poor child development is not a new issue, it has become more publicised over the last few years,” the authors said.
“While the evidence is inconclusive about the causes, the findings support a need for a national response to ensure all children are given the best possible education to enable them to thrive in life.”
The researchers also found the effects of poverty on children’s health and behaviour were related to the specific behaviours that children were experiencing, such as “disruptive or disruptive behaviour”, “hyperactivity or hyper-vigilance”, “impulsive behaviour”, and “self-injury”.
The authors also said that poor children’s academic performance was also affected by poverty, with poorer children “more likely to have low scores on school assessments” and “higher drop-out rates”.
“This finding suggests that poverty is not simply a result of a lack of resources but a lack in the care of children in poor communities,” the researchers said.
The researchers said they also found “children living in poor families have poorer mental health outcomes, higher rates of depression and anxiety, and a higher risk of substance use”.
“Poor child wellbeing also affects academic performance, particularly in disadvantaged communities, with children of single parent families having higher drop-outs rates,” the study concluded.
But the findings are important, because they provide an important insight into why some children are not receiving the right education and why others do.
It could also be linked to other issues, such a lack or inadequate resources for the provision of child care.
It’s not just poor children who need better child care: a recent survey by the Australian Bureau of Statistics found that one in five Australian families were currently not receiving any child care services.
One in eight children under 18, and almost one in 10 aged 16 to 24 years old, are now receiving no or little support from their parents, and another one in four are not getting any help at all.
What can parents do to help?
Child care is a key area of the child development, learning and wellbeing of children.
A lack of child-centred child care can lead children to behave in ways that can cause harm, and lead to issues such as poor mental health, anxiety, poor health outcomes in adulthood, and poor self-worth.
In addition, poor child care is linked to poor school outcomes, poorer self-confidence and a lower sense of belonging in adulthood.
And it’s not only children that are at risk: a study published in The Australian Medical Association Journal found that about one in ten Australians aged 18 to 24 was living in a home where the family did not have adequate child care support, and only 12 per cent of these people were receiving any help.
A third of these households did not provide sufficient financial support to cover the cost of child support payments.
One of the main issues that needs to be addressed is ensuring the best level of child protection, support and services for parents, as well as ensuring that child care provides the right support for children.
So what can parents and other stakeholders do to improve child care?
There are a number of ways that parents can help children and families, such for example: Parents can ask for funding from the government.
The government provides a range of funding to support children, including financial assistance and a range that includes school fees, child care, and employment support.
Many childcare centres and daycare facilities provide services for families.
They can also refer parents to local child care providers to provide them with support.