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 Wes Hosking reported that children who attend preschool are up to five months ahead of their peers in critical disciplines midway through primary school.

Those whose teacher had a relevant diploma or degree gain the most according to new research.

But it’s feared some youngsters won’t benefit from new rules requiring such standards because of “loopholes” in the legislation.

University of Melbourne researchers found preschool was directly responsible for adding 10 to 20 points to students’ Grade 3 NAPLAN scores the equivalent of 15 to 20 weeks of schooling.

Reading, spelling and numeracy showed the most significant gains. For the full article