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Australia: 20% of kids behind in physical health and wellbeing

Aug 23, 2017, Echuca VIC (Australia) Riverine Herald: Get a big start for a new experience http://www.riverineherald.com.au/regional/2017/08/23/106140/get-a-big-start-for-a-new-experience There’s a new feature coming to KCLC Child Care. Staff are rapt to announce the opening of a new studio room at the centre. Curated by KCLC educators, the studio room will offer brand new experiences each month, focused on addressing learning and development needs of our young children. KCLC Child Care co-ordinator Emily Edgar said the idea for the studio room came in response to the district’s results in recent Australian Early Development Census (AEDC) data. “The census showed that in 2015, 19.5 per cent of kids were entering school well below where they should be in physical health and wellbeing, compared to five per cent in 2012,” she said. “Poor social competence has also gone up from 5.9 per cent to 16.1 per cent. “Emotional maturity, language and cognitive skills and communication skills have also suffered. “As educators we are aware of how these declining results can impact future learning.”... “It’s all in the planning stages but we are looking at purchasing resources to be able to offer a light room, a gross motor room and a sensory room for children aged six weeks right through to school aged,” she said....