The Brotherhood was a partner in this Australian Research Council–funded study led by Deborah Brennan and Jen Skattebol at the Social Policy Research Centre, University of New South Wales, to shed light on how local markets function in early childhood and care in Australia.

This project explored how low-income families make decisions about the use of childcare services, providing evidence for policy making and service provision to encourage increased use.



Key findings were presented at a lunchtime seminar at the Brotherhood of St Laurence:

Deborah Brennan and Jen Skattebol 2015 Why pay for play: quality Early Childhood Education and Care for children and families in high poverty contexts (PDF file, 1.3 MB)


    A policy snapshot and several insights from specific study locations across Australia have been published on the Social Policy Research Centre website