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!

Calling all dads!

The Wollongong Infant Learning Lab at Early Start are studying Australian fathers’ experiences of parenting through the COVID-19 pandemic. A key outcome of the study is to develop an understanding of the parenting experiences that happened for fathers (or father figures) and their young children during and after this unprecedented international event.

Their primary focus is on fathers (or father figures) who have one or more children aged 0-6 years. Participants will be asked to complete an online survey with questions about you, your work, your family and how your situation may have changed during the COVID-19 pandemic. You will also be asked about your stress levels over the last month. The questionnaire will take approximately 15 minutes to complete. After you have completed the survey, there is also the option to participate further in a follow-up interview via telephone or Zoom.

Parents and carers of children aged 3 – 5 years

We are conducting research about how young children use digital technology in the home, and we would love to hear from you!
Participation will involve completing an online survey about the types of digital technology your child has access to, and how they use it in the home. We are also interested in how families interact during digital experiences.
The survey should only take about 20 minutes to complete.


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.