We’re working to support early development and school-readiness for children in families experiencing poverty. This is one of the most important things we can do to minimise disadvantage across generations.

There is a well-known link between childhood vulnerability and lifelong disadvantage.

A well-designed early childhood system can actively prevent and address vulnerabilities in early childhood before they accumulate and escalate over a person's life course.

Our research informs BSL’s practice and policy development with strategies that support children and families in overcoming the impacts of poverty.

Find all recent publications on Early years (2000-present)

Visit the BSL library for our prior research on Early years (pre 2000)

Our policy positions for early years

• Boost support to build the capacity of parents as first teachers and strengthen the home learning environment.

• Extend universal preschool access to the two years before school across Australia - prioritising communities and children experiencing disadvantage.

• Increase participation of children from low socio-economic backgrounds and vulnerable groups in early learning. Strengthen access and equity measures and expand the base entitlement for Early Learning & Care.

• Invest in multi-generation approaches to tackle child and family disadvantage. Extend place-based models that align education, employment, health and well-being support for children and their families.

Poster

HIPPY Longitudinal Study: initial findings (PDF, 221 KB)

This poster sets out the purpose and method of the study and was presented to the 2018 Australian Institute of Families Study (AIFS) conference.

External publications (with Victoria State Government, Education and Training)

Australian Council for Educational Research & Brotherhood of St Laurence 2018, Early years transitions: supporting children and families at risk of experiencing vulnerability – rapid literature review

    Selected project

    This national longitudinal study examines the outcomes for over 600 children and families who took part in HIPPY between 2016 and 2018.

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