Early childhood development


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.

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.
Briefing paper

Developmental vulnerability and contact with the child protection system

This Evidence to Action Note outlines key findings from the NSW-CDS study, ‘Timing of the first report and highest level of child protection response in association with early developmental vulnerabilities in an Australian population cohort.’
Journal article

Associations between clusters of early life risk factors and developmental vulnerability at age 5: a retrospective cohort study using population-wide linkage of administrative data in Tasmania, Australia

Early childhood is a critical time to address risk factors associated with developmental vulnerability. This study investigates the associations between clusters of early life risk factors and developmental vulnerability in children’s first year of full-time school at age 5.
Case study

Service intergration for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander early childhood development: a multiple case study from New South Wales and Queensland

This report looks at the fundamental elements to successful integrated service systems for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children and early years services.
Working paper

How developmental neuroscience can help address the problem of child poverty

Child poverty represents a worldwide humanitarian, public health, and pragmatic problem. Poverty affects the lives of millions of children and needs more progress and new ideas based upon a variety of scientific evidence.
Working paper

Outreach in early years services: a systematic review

The main finding from this systematic review was that there is a scarcity of studies reporting on the effectiveness of outreach activities to improve child outcomes in the early years.

Every child a taonga: early learning action plan 2019-2029

The starting point of this action plan is that every child is a precious taonga, born with inherent potential for growth and development, and with enduring connections to their ancestors and heritage. The action plan outlines 5 interdependent objectives and 25 actions intended to work...