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NBN NEWS FEATURE: HOW BEST TO ENHANCE LEARNING FOR OUR KIDS

As the old saying goes, learning begins at home. But as life becomes more hectic, many parents are spending hundreds of dollars a term to enlist help to ensure their babies and toddlers get the best start. Structured play groups are gaining in popularity, so in part one of this news feature, NBN’s Kate Haberfield decided to find out if they are worth it. PART TWO: Parents are spending hundreds of dollars on programs to help their children get a head start. But as NBN’s Kate Haberfield discovered, many of the skills learnt at these classes can just as easily be developed at home with mum and dad.

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HMRI UNLOCKING MYSTERY OF POSTNATAL DEPRESSION

Postnatal depression affects almost 15 per cent of new mums in Australia. A new study, being conducted by the Hunter Medical Research Institute, aims to unlock some of the mystery of this debilitating condition. They’re investigating the visual responses of mothers to their children by using a new tool to scan their eyes while looking at images. Researchers are then able to identify what emotions mothers respond to and how that impacts on the way they see their baby. It’s hoped the research will lead to better treatment programmes and even a test to identify parents most at risk of depression.

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