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Early childhood development

Report

Stronger starts, brighter futures: exploring trends in the early development of children from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds in Australia

This research examines the early development trajectories of children from culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) backgrounds in Australia by exploring the existing evidence base and drawing on a detailed analysis of data from the Australian Early Development Census.
Discussion paper

Framework to inform the development of a national Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Early Childhood Strategy

Across Australia, families and communities successfully support and nurture their young children. However, wide gaps in early development, health and early learning outcomes persist. This document sets the foundation and will inform the development of a national Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Early Childhood Strategy.
Policy report

Stepping up: securing the future of quality preschool in Australia

This report explores preschool policies, enrolment and costs around Australia, finding a patchwork of programs and costs across the country. The report makes the case for immediate action to increase funding and consistency to ensure that all Australia children can access two years of high-quality...
Report

Changing children’s trajectories: results of the HIPPY longitudinal study

This report provides an overview of a comprehensive study which investigated the impact of the Home Interaction Program for Parents and Youngsters (HIPPY).
Briefing paper

Supporting school aged children with Developmental Language Disorder (DLD)

This briefing paper examines the impact of Developmental Language Disorder (DLD) in Australia across the health and education policy settings.
Discussion paper

Every educator matters: evidence for a new early childhood workforce strategy for Australia

The early childhood education and care (ECEC) workforce is essential to Australia’s economic and social prosperity. This paper draws on contemporary Australian research, to set out policy proposals for Australian governments to consider in developing and implementing the new national ECEC workforce strategy.
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.