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Notice given 25 June 2003

Senator Tierney: To move—That the following matter be referred to the Employment, Workplace Relations and Education References Committee for inquiry and report by the last sitting day in June 2004:

Parents as educators in the early childhood years, with particular reference to:

(a) the extent to which parenting skills and family support are factors in reducing educational and social risks of children in the 3 years and under age group;

(b) whether current patterns of parental involvement in community and school-based programs are adequate to respond to the challenge of assisting children with early learning and social behaviour problems;

(c) the current state and territory provisions and programs, whether based on pre-schools, schools, play groups or day-care centres etc, established to assist parents with early childhood learning support;

(d) best practice in home to school transition programs for children, and an assessment as to whether they can be adapted for national implementation; and

(e) the most appropriate role for the Commonwealth in supporting national programs for raising parental consciousness and levels of knowledge and competence in relation to the early educational, social and emotional and health needs of children.