Early years

Our work includes contributions to Brotherhood submissions as well as a review of national and international early years theory and practice to inform our strategic priorities for early childhood research and services. 

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Featured publication

Early years transitions: supporting children and families at risk of experiencing vulnerability – rapid literature review

Within its research about transition to school, the Victorian Department of Education and Training has published a rapid literature review undertaken by ACER and the Brotherhood of St Laurence.

The review highlights Australian and international evidence-based practices for supporting children and families experiencing vulnerability in early years transitions.

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Our other research in this area includes:

  • research into the nature and impacts of family stress on child stress and development. Funded through grants from the Melbourne University Social Equity Institute and the Melbourne Neuroscience Institute (also at the University of Melbourne), this research will examine the nature of the relationship between parent and child stress, as well as the ways in which family dynamics can impact to moderate child stress. Read more »
  • government-funded evaluations of aspects of the Home Interaction Program for Children and Youngsters (HIPPY) – with the aim of assisting the program with parent recruitment and retention, and program innovations such as the trial of Age 3 HIPPY conducted in conjunction with the Southern Qld Centre of Excellence in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Primary Health Care (Inala Indigenous Health Service)

The Brotherhood of St Laurence (BSL) acknowledges and understands its obligations under the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child and recognises that all children and young people have the right to be treated with respect and care, and to be safe from all forms of abuse. BSL has a zero tolerance towards child abuse.
Read the official statement signed by the Executive Director.

The Brotherhood recognises the harm that family violence causes and that freedom from violence is a basic human right.
We will support our staff, volunteers, clients and the community if they experience violence.

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The Brotherhood of St Laurence acknowledges and recognises the Traditional Owners of the land upon which we live and work, and we pay our respects to their Elders both past and present.

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