Early Start is home to world-leading researchers that are investigating real-life challenges that have a transformational impact on the lives of children.

We’re always working with children and families for important research studies. Check out our current research below and get involved!

The Family, Learning, and Interaction (FLINT) theme at Early Start is currently conducting research to understand how parents’ own experiences growing up relate to their mental health and interactions with their 6- to 18-month old infants. We are looking for mums or dads to participate in an online survey, interview, and play session with their 6-18-month-old child. The study can be completed online or in-person at Early Start.

If you want to know more or are interested in participating, email Alix via the link below.


While we know social interactions are crucial for children’s language learning, we do not know how interactions are enhanced or compromised during digital experiences. UOW Early Start researchers are working to investigate this very issue. We’re inviting educators to share their experiences and feelings about children and technology to help us identify specific characteristics for quality adult-child interactions during digital experiences.

We are looking for parents’ and early childhood educators’ views on how to deliver successful programs for preschool children.

Our goal is to promote quality time with children throughout the day, enhancing their physical and cognitive skills. The results of this survey will improve program design for the preschool environment and training for practitioners.

Our goal is to design programs that require minimal training, are accessible and easy to be applied by both parents and early childhood educator