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Survey to support new childcare framework

Consistent quality of care in the early learning sector is the focus of a new national education framework researchers are developing.

Flinders University researchers hope to create a model for all professionals working with children aged from birth to 5 years. This comes after a recent early learning literature review that researchers said highlighted a number of factors as important for a child’s health and wellbeing. These include being immunised, having a financially stable family and being brought up with a positive cultural identity.

Now the research team, led by Dr Julian Grant from Flinders School of Midwifery and Nursing, is seeking input from professionals working with children in their early years. Social workers, nurses, doctors, early childhood educators and those who have direct care of children, such as parents and grandparents, are encouraged to participate in a survey to determine factors that are in the child’s best interest.

Grant said a child’s earliest years are the most critical time of development and professionals need to find better ways to provide services to children and their families. He hopes the framework will provide the guideline for this.

Researchers said participation in the survey is confidential, anonymous and takes only 15 minutes. After results from the survey are reviewed, an interdisciplinary map will be developed and focus groups will be established to identify gaps between different professions involved in early learning, so as to ensure consistency throughout the sector.

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