In the article, Professor Frank Oberklaid, director of the Centre for Community Child Health says, “If children are behind the eight ball when they start school, it’s too late.They spend the rest of their school years trying to catch up, and many never do. We know absolutely that learning starts at birth. The first five years before kids get to school are probably the most important years in terms of education. But we’re still having a debate about access and quality of childcare. It’s crazy.”
See the article, ‘It’s never too early to start teaching our kids’, The Australian, Saturday 13 August, 2011.