[Cite as http://purl.org/au-research/grants/arc/DP140101238]
Researchers A/Prof Jane Torr; Dr Sheila Degotardi; Prof Benjamin Bradley;
Brief description Very young children’s participation in language rich experiences form a foundation for their subsequent learning and wellbeing. Most studies focus on mother-child interactions but this project analyses the conditions for rich interactions in long day care centres, specifically educator-infant talk and infant-peer communication. High quality infant childcare can provide a buffer against social and educational disadvantage and, with one in four Australian infants attending long day care centres, our findings will provide evidence-based knowledge to support best practice in infant pedagogy and curriculum. Strategies to promote the best possible infant care and education will ultimately strengthen our nation’s human capital.
Funding Amount 258000
Funding Scheme Discovery Projects