Australian Research Alliance for Children and Youth

Early Years Chapter

About the Chapter


Early childhood learning and development is the foundation of national wellbeing

The Early Years Chapter (EYC) seeks to improve child and youth outcomes by supporting the connection between research and practice across the early years (birth to eight). The Chapter encourages collaborative partnerships between researchers, policy makers and practitioners working in professional organisations, government and non-government agencies to advocate for the importance of early childhood. New members are welcome to join this active network to access quarterly specialist newsletters and a series of blogs and webinars produced throughout the year.

The Chapter aims to mobilise, align and enable the efforts of sectors working to reduce the percentage of children identified as developmentally vulnerable on the AEDC by:

  • promoting the importance of the early years for lifelong developmental outcomes
  • facilitating the distribution and exchange of research and practice information and experience
  • resourcing and informing debate on evidence to policy and practice issues
  • building the capacity confidence of practitioners and policy makers to engage with, value, contribute to and use all forms of evidence

The EYC committee is chaired by Ms Barbara Wellesley AM and comprises of representatives from each state and territory: Dr Sue Packer AM (Deputy, ACT), Mr Gerry Mulhearn (NSW), A/Prof Frances Press (NSW), Dr Sandie Wong (NSW), Ms Lesley Taylor (NT), Ms Marie Stuart (Qld), Ms Judi Gray (VIC), Mr Paul Prichard (Tas), and Mr David Zarb (WA).

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