Early Childhood Matters' blog

mimi_sm.jpg Mimi Wellisch is an  early childhood teacher, registered psychologist and parent of adult gifted children. This blog reflects her belief in the importance of early childhood.

Long hours in care & multiple care = poor school performance

Wednesday, 14 October 2009 21:23

The first large Australian longitudinal study on the effects of child care on children's adjustment and achievement indicates that long hours in care, and multiple care arrangements in the early years (for example, the baby or young child would attend a number of different care situations each week such as be with the nanny in the morning, dropped off at long day care during the day and perhaps attend a family day care carer's home some of the time), were predictors of lower literacy scores.

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Imaginary Friends Can Be Very Useful

Friday, 05 June 2009 12:59

It has long been known that gifted children tend to have imaginary friends. Now there is Australian research to support this observation.

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Time to let the children go to school

Monday, 30 March 2009 21:06

I have been away this weekend and during a leisurely Sunday morning I had time to read the Sydney Morning Herald (28-29 March 2009) where I found an article on p. 3, "Youngest Kindies Catch Up", and could hardly wait to get home so I could share the news with you, my reader.

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Victory for early entry in Victoria

Monday, 09 February 2009 20:16


For those who do not know, I have a gifted consultancy with a website, and I can be contacted via email through the website. As it is available on the world wide web, I sometimes get email enquiries from other parts of the country. Last August I received an email from a mother in Ballarat, Victoria, who thought she had a very gifted little girl, and had read my article on early entry (available on this website). She wanted more information, and I sent her some advice. 

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To School or Not to School, That is The Question

Tuesday, 03 February 2009 21:03

I'm not normally a fan of Miranda Devine's opinion pieces, but last weekend (Jan 31-1 Feb, SMH News Review, p.7) she wrote an article that could change my mind about her writing altogether. She was quoting research that demonstrate the lack of substance to the majority opinion within the Early Childhood field that children should be held back from school for as long as possible - especially boys.

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Gagné, the DMTG and early childhood education

Wednesday, 31 December 2008 08:02


It is probably not everyone’s idea of a nice holiday, but I have been re-reading Gagné’s journal articles and other papers with additional interest in preparation for his return to Australia... (see the NSWAGTC December eNewsletter about the event).

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Why corporate greed may not be as simple as ABC

Friday, 28 November 2008 19:23

A comment was left about the 1:4 blog I posted some time back. The writer wondered whether the prospective 1:4 adult to child ratio for babies may have been a factor in the current ABC crisis. It was a reasonable comment, but the problems with ABC may be a little less innocent than the mere tightening of the financial child care belt.

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