Journal article

Early Minds: a pilot randomised controlled trial of a mindfulness program in early learning centres

Maya Yaari, Jane Sheehan, Frank Oberklaid, Harriet Hiscock



Background: Optimal mental health is critical for a child's learning and academic functioning. As a universal service, early education centres play an important role in promoting children's mental health. Social-emotional learning programs are efficacious in reducing behavioural difficulties, enhancing competence, and improving learning abilities. Mindfulness practices, known to promote health and wellbeing in adults, have been adapted to education programs for younger populations, including pre-school children. Despite an increasing use of mindfulness-based programs in pre-school settings, there is a limited number of randomised trials and paucity of data on implementation fidelity of these..

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Awarded by Ian Potter Foundation

Awarded by NHMRC

Funding Acknowledgements

The study was funded by the Ian Potter Foundation (Grant number 20170372). The funder is not involved in study design, analyses, or decision to submit the report for publication. Maya Yaari was funded by the Israel Science Foundation Postdoctoral Scholarship, the Hebrew University Postdoctoral Scholarship for Women, and the Hadassah Australia Scholarship. Harriet Hiscock's position was funded by an NHMRC Practitioner Fellowship (No. 607351). Research at the MCRI is supported by the Victorian Government's Operational Infrastructure Support Program.