Early childhood development

Briefing paper

What is the impact of early childhood maltreatment on mental health outcomes in middle childhood?

This briefing paper outlines the key findings from the research paper entitled, 'Mental disorders in children known to child protection services during early childhood.' It also discusses the implications of this research for policy and practice.
Report

Is participation in early childhood education related to child health and development?

The benefits of early childhood education continue to be debated in Aotearoa New Zealand. Although attendance is not compulsory, almost all New Zealand children attend an early learning education (ECE) service for a period of time before starting school or kura. Using data from the...
Report

The early years: investing in our future

This report looks to add to the understanding of the lives of young children in Australia, the environment within which they live and learn, and the services provided to families to enable their children to thrive.
Strategy

South Australia's outcomes framework for children and young people

This framework supports the development and wellbeing of South Australians from birth to 18 years. It adopts a long-term focus to track and improve the outcomes of all children and young people.
Literature review

Improving outcomes for young parents and their children

Support for young parents has been a neglected area of policy and practice development in Australia. However, there is now increased focus on addressing the needs of young parents and their children at both state and federal government levels. This literature review identifies key elements...
Discussion paper

Occasional Paper 7: Quality ratings by socio-economic status of areas

This occasional paper is the seventh in a series about the National Quality Framework (NQF). It shares detailed analysis and insights into the quality of children’s education and care services based on the socio‑economic status of their location.
Report

Quality improvement research project

This report presents findings from the three phase, mixed-methods Quality Improvement Research Project, which investigated the characteristics and internal processes of quality improvement in long day care (LDC) services. The findings reinforce the importance of leadership at all levels of service provision.
Report

COVID-19, employment stress and student vulnerability in Australia

This report examines the impact of employment stress on children’s learning, development, health and wellbeing. It provides an overview of international evidence, including research covering previous recessions.
Working paper

Why parenting matters for children in the 21st century

This paper provides a structured overview of the existing parenting literature, with the aim of developing an evidence-based and culture-sensitive framework of parenting and its influence on child development.
Briefing paper

Developmental Language Disorder: a disability, health and education challenge

This Evidence Brief examines the impact of Developmental Language Disorder in Australia across health, education and disability policy settings.