Journal article

A bird in the hand: Understanding the trajectories of development of young children and the need for action to improve outcomes

Collette Tayler, Daniel Cloney, Frank Niklas



THE ABILITIES AND CAPABILITIES young children bring into school accrue as a result of prior family, community and early children program experience, and they assist or impede transitions and ongoing progress in the first school years. In Australia, family contexts and children’s early childhood education and care (ECEC) program pathways are diverse, and processes for addressing learning and development difficulties are at the discretion of the early educators who support children within typical everyday programs. The Australian E4Kids longitudinal study directly assessed the general cognitive ability and receptive and expressive language of a sample of 2498 three- and four-year-old children ..

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Awarded by Australian Research Council

Funding Acknowledgements

We thank all participants in the E4Kids study. 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. E4Kids is funded by the Australian Research Council Linkage Projects Scheme (Grant LP0990200), the Victorian Government Department of Education and Training and the Queensland Government Department of Education and Training. E4Kids is conducted with academic collaboration with the University of Toronto at Scarborough; the Institute of Education, The University of London; and the Royal Children's Hospital, Melbourne. For further details, see work was also supported by a fellowship within the Postdoctoral Programme of the German Academic Exchange Services (DAAD).