Early Start

Early Start

Helping children flourish and realise their potential

Early Start’s purpose is to help children flourish and realise their potential, particularly those from vulnerable or disadvantaged backgrounds and living in regional, rural, remote communities. It is a revolutionary initiative that uniquely combines research, teaching and community engagement in the earliest years of life.

Early Start is a new way of thinking about how the resources, the intellectual capital of a university and the rich body of research available can be put in direct contact with the community, and how technology can be part of the solution to bring about better outcomes for children.

Early Start supports and enhances the ways in which people care for and work with children and engages with parents and communities to support the environments in which children can grow.

Early Start Discovery Space

A purpose-built, hands-on learning space that allows children, carers and educators to explore, create and play together alongside state-of-the-art research and teaching facilities. 

World-leading researchers investigating real life challenges that will have a transformational impact on the lives of children in Australia and around the world.

The next generation of early childhood teachers are being trained at UOW, with cutting-edge academic programs influenced by world-leading research and offering unique opportunities for students to gain real work experience. 

Early Start partners with 41 early childhood education and care centres in regional, rural and remote communities, allowing innovation to be pioneered where it is needed most.