Changing how early childhood development and learning is understood in Australia

Moving Early Childhood up the AgendaThere are significant challenges to communicating information about early childhood development in Australia. Public thinking about early childhood filters how messages are received and our communications often do not have the impact we aim for. While we know that early experiences have lasting effects on the development of children’s brains and biological systems that can influence learning, health, relationships throughout life, research suggests the significance of early childhood development is not yet realised by the Australian public.

How we, as Australian organisations and service providers, communicate on early childhood impacts how people understand early childhood development in Australia.

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B4 Core Story Research Report

B4 Core Story Research Report

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How Australia can invest in children and return more

The first major national study into the cost of providing late intervention services to children and young people has called for smarter and wiser expenditure to ensure children receive vital support services at a much earlier stage.

The report ‘How Australia can invest in children and return more’ found hospitalisations for mental health, youth unemployment, obesity and out-of-home care had skyrocketed in the past decade.  The report found these late intervention services were costing Australian taxpayers $15.2 billion every year.

The detailed report card calls for a more targeted evidence-based approach to early intervention. This would mean effective support services are provided earlier to children and families, before problems begin or are magnified to crisis point.

The ground-breaking research sheds light on the economic cost of not stepping in early to provide support to Australia’s children and youth.

Read the report on the CoLab website.

The importance and lifelong benefits of the early years: An analysis of the evidence.

B4 Strategic Plan 2018 - 2022

B4 Strategic Plan 2018 - 2022

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Plain English version

Early Years Publications and Reports

Health and Wellbeing of Tasmania’s Children and Young People Report 2018

Health and Wellbeing of Tasmania’s Children and Young People Report 2018

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The Interim Commissioner for Children and Young People has released the second annual edition of the Health and Wellbeing of Tasmania’s Children and Young People Report for 2018. It builds upon the work undertaken by former Commissioner Morrissey in 2016 and 2017.

The 2018 Report includes demographic data, data pertaining to early childhood and the transition to school, and middle childhood and adolescence, and data relating to targeted support for children and young people. It is designed to provide individuals, community members, professionals, members of government and non-government organisations, and children and young people with a picture of the health and wellbeing of children and young people in Tasmania.

Tasmania

Tasmania's Children and Young People in 2018

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Child-friendly version in Plain English

Cultivating Nature

Cultivating Nature

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Mapping the gaps between expert and public understanding of early development

This report compares how experts and the general public understand the concept and importance of early child development. It highlights that a better understanding of these similarities and differences can help communicators identify the challenges and misconceptions involved and help them translate knowledge about early development.

Talking about Early Childhood Development in Australia

Talking about Early Childhood Development in Australia

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A handy guide to help support strong conversations about the early years identifying the key challenges and opportunities for communicators.

How Australia can invest in children and return more

How Australia can invest in children and return more

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The first major national study into the cost of providing late intervention services to children and young people has called for smarter and wiser expenditure to ensure children receive vital support services at a much earlier stage.