Engagement in early childhood education in the context of disadvantage

Current project

This research responds to enduring inequalities in children’s participation in high quality early childhood education and care (ECEC). Contemporary families face precarious labour markets and a childcare system with stringent workforce participation requirements. This project will illuminate the affordances of everyday life for families most challenged by these emergent conditions and develop understandings of how to calibrate services accordingly. Findings will support universal ECEC access through knowledge translation about contemporary disadvantage to policy and practice forums. A strong Indigenous component contributes to researcher training and knowledge about effective practice for Indigenous children and their families.

Funding

ARC Linkage Project

Collaborators

Professor Frances Press (Charles Sturt University), Associate Professor Marianne Fenech (University of Sydney), Associate Professor Christine Woodrow (Western Sydney University), Dr Sandra Cheeseman (Creche and Kindergarten Association), Mrs Penelope Markham (Goodstart Early Learning)

Partners

KU Children's Services, Goodstart Early Learning, The Creche and Kindergarten Association, Family Day Care Australia, Early Childhood Australia

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