Journal article

Assessing the effectiveness of Australian early childhood education and care experiences: study protocol

Collette Tayler, Daniel Cloney, Ray Adams, Karin Ishimine, Karen Thorpe, Kim Cuc Nguyen Thi



BACKGROUND: In Australia, 61.5 % of children aged 3-4 attend Early Childhood Education and Care (ECEC) programs. Children's experiences within these programs vary widely and impact directly on educational wellbeing and social development. Research has shown that higher quality programs enhance children's learning and developmental outcomes, foster social participation and have long-lasting effects on their productivity as adults. Quality matters, yet we do not know what components of ECEC result in a quality program. Effective Early Educational Experiences (E4Kids) is a 5-year longitudinal study designed to identify and assess the impact of mainstream ECEC programs and program components on ..

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Awarded by Australian Research Council

Funding Acknowledgements

We thank Angela Ferguson (DET Queensland), Tim Gilley and Karen Weston (DET, Victoria) for their significant contribution as Partner Investigators on the study, in particular for supporting the participant recruitment and retention process in accordance with the study design and ethical approvals. We thank Gordon Cleveland, Patrick Griffin, Frank Oberklaid, Ann Sanson, Iram Siraj, and Elizabeth Waters (dec.) for their insights and advice as key academic collaborators at different stages of the study design. We thank the Australian Government Department of Education for their support in facilitating the NPC sample and with recruitment and retention. E4Kids is a project of the Melbourne Graduate School of Education at The University of Melbourne and is conducted in partnership with Queensland University of Technology. The study was funded by the Australian Research Council Linkage Projects Scheme (Grant LP0990200), the Victorian Government Department of Education and Training, the Queensland Government Department of Education and Training. We thank the participants - children, families, educators, principals and directors - for giving their time during data collection across the study years.