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!

Parents of 2-10 year olds

We are seeking volunteers to participate in research conducted by researchers at the Early Start in collaboration with the Discovery Space on the topic: Integrating healthy eating and physical activity promoting experiential learning activities into the Early Start Discovery Space: A pilot study.

To be eligible, you must:

  • Be a parent of children aged between 2 and 10 years.
  • Have visited or will visit Discovery Space at least once during June 2022.
  • Have a child/children participated in at least one of the healthy living activities (this includes all activities that are led by an educator during the month of June).

What you will be required to do:

You will be invited to participate in a focus group discussion to talk about your thoughts and opinions of the Healthy Eating and Physical Activity theme activities/experiences in the Discovery Space.

To compensate you for your time, you will be offered a $25 Discovery Space gift shop voucher.

If you are interested in participating in the study or would like more information, please visit the Discovery Space website, or contact Sumantla Varman on 0450653439 or via email: [email protected]

Parents of Preschoolers

Children are engaging with digital technologies at home more than ever (especially during lockdown), yet we know little about how they are being used. Early Start’s study aims to understand and help to enrich these digital experiences. 

Researchers from Early Start at the University of Wollongong are inviting all NSW Early Childhood Educators working with children ages 3-5 years to contribute to a study examining educator knowledge, beliefs and practices around early child development and the use of formative assessments. This survey should take no more than 15 minutes to complete and findings will be used to support the development of a formative assessment of children’s language development and the design of professional development for educators.

 This study is part of our ongoing work to support high quality pedagogy in NSW early childhood services. Your voice and views are important to us! If you have time to complete this anonymous survey we’d love to hear from you!


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