University of Canberra Health Research Institute
11 Kirianri Street
Bruce ACT 2601
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Early childhood is an important period of time for child development. A number of studies have examined the positive impact of engagement with early childhood services on school readiness, school achievement, developmental vulnerabilities, and academic performance in adolescence.
The Medical Research Future Fund (MRFF) is an initiative by the Australian Government to improve Australia’s health. The University of Canberra’s Health Research Institute received an MRFF grant for research into early childhood services and childhood development. The project will focus on improving the delivery of local early childhood services to address the needs of the community.
The project aims to reduce the proportion of children who are developmentally vulnerable in the Belconnen district through multi-sectoral service integration.
The Good Start in Life for Young Children research project at the Health Research Institute, University of Canberra aims to develop a program of support and connection for children (birth - 5 years) and their families across nine target suburbs in the Belconnen community.
Loose parts play provides children with open-ended materials to stimulate their creativity and imagination. Children can explore using natural, recycled and second-hand resources that are affordable, sustainable, easily sourced as well as open-ended, providing lots of opportunity for exploration.
The ‘A Good Start in Life’ team includes researchers, early childhood educators, allied health professionals, clinical educators and their students in occupational therapy, speech pathology and health.
Family Liaison Coordinator
Clinical Educator – Occupational Therapy
UC acknowledges the Ngunnawal people, traditional custodians of the lands where Bruce campus is situated. We wish to acknowledge and respect their continuing culture and the contribution they make to the life of Canberra and the region. We also acknowledge all other First Nations Peoples on whose lands we gather.