UOW Early Start – along with key partners in Early Childhood Australia and Playgroup Australia – has been successful with an application to the Ian Potter Foundation for $190,0000 over two years to undertake the Early Learning @ Home project.

Early Start’s Professor Marc de Rosnay, Leanne Gibbs and Associate Professor Jane Herbert will oversee the project along with Dr Kate Highfield from Early Childhood Australia and Nadeen Lee from Playgroup Australia.

“Home is the first and most important environment for a young child’s learning, development and wellbeing, but with the extra pressure families and early childhood education centres are under at the moment, support is needed,” Professor de Rosnay said.

Early Learning @ Home will be online platform to support families with their young children’s (birth to five years) learning in the home environment. With a focus on play-based learning and the family’s role in early development, the platform will include:

  • High quality, evidence-based content encompassing experiences across all developmental domains aligned with the Australian Early Years Learning Framework (EYLF) and World Health Organisation (WHO) Guidelines for Physical Activity.
  • Content that takes into account the needs of families from Aboriginal and other cultural backgrounds, and those experiencing economic and geographic vulnerability.
  • Multimodal content that respects family education, culture and ability.

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