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.
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.
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...
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.
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.
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...
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.