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Early Start Discovery Space recognised in national playspace awards

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The University of Wollongong’s (UOW) Early Start Discovery Space has been recognised in the Kidesafe 2016 National Playspace Design Awards.

Read more about national playspace awards.


Adolescent males targeted in new mental health campaign

Read more about Ahead of the Game using grassroots sport to prevent mental health issues

In conjunction with the 2016 Mental Health Awareness Week, researchers at the University of Wollongong (UOW) are calling on local sporting clubs to get involved with a new project targeting adolescent males, a group at high risk of mental health problems.

Read more about Ahead of the Game using grassroots sport to prevent mental health issues.


Exploring new health and green-space links

Read more about the ‘Greener Cities, Healthier Lives’ project

The five-year, $3.2 million research project entitled ‘Greener Cities, Healthier Lives’ project will be led by Associate Professor Thomas Astell-Burt and Dr Xiaoqi Feng, two of Australia’s leading green space and public health researchers. The research will examine questions such as: Can living near parks and other green-spaces result in better pregnancy health outcomes? Can a child’s wellbeing and academic scores be linked to the amount of vegetation around their neighbourhood?.

Read more about the ‘Greener Cities, Healthier Lives’ project.


Young artists collaborate on project promoting peace

Read more about young artists collaborating on a project promoting world peace

To coincide with International Day of Peace, children from the University of Wollongong’s Early Start Discovery Space joined forces with children from four other museums around the world to create an artwork that highlights the importance of peace and unity.

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Oral storytelling helps young Indonesian students learn English

Read more about a new model for teaching children a second language

Ika Lestari Damayanti was searching for a way to connect with young students as part of her studies, she turned to the most ancient means of communication: oral stories.

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Indigenous children celebrate at Early Start Discovery Space

Read more about how Indigenous children celebrated at the Early Start Discovery Space

More than 50 Indigenous children took part in cultural activities at the University of Wollongong’s (UOW) Early Start Discovery Space in recognition of National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island Children’s Day.

Read more about how Indigenous children celebrated at the Early Start Discovery Space.


Bringing the world of comics and graphic novels to the Early Start Discovery Space

Read more about Graham Lancaster and his generous donation

Prominent Illawarra businessman Graham Lancaster has shared his passion for comics and graphic novels by donating funds to be used in purchasing reading materials and delivering workshops at the Early Start Discovery Space.

Read more about Graham Lancaster and his generous donation.


Body movement is more critical to a child’s learning than first thought

Read more about how body movement can boost children’s learning

Body movement can boost children’s learning, especially when integrated into the classroom as part of a learning task.

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Passion for fostering confident kids sparks career change

Read more about Early Start Discovery Space volunteer Michelle Maltby’s story

In celebration of International Volunteer Day (5 December), mature age student Michelle Maltby shares her story.

As a child, Wollongong-local Michelle Maltby was painfully shy. She wasn’t one to put her hand up for school council (although she was busting to be part of it) and was terrified of public speaking.

Read more about Early Start Discovery Space volunteer Michelle Maltby’s story.


World-first study to boost standard of early childhood teaching

Read more about the new study to boost standard of early childhood teaching

The New South Wales Minister for Early Childhood Education Leslie Williams has announced a new study that will offer professional development to early childhood teachers and educators around the State in order to promote children’s learning.

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UOW hosts the first Early Start conference looking at putting research into practice and policy change

Early Start conference

More than 600 delegates from 11 countries will discuss how to improve children’s lives at the inaugural Early Start conference held at the University of Wollongong. The conference will also be be live streamed to multiple locations.


Dads who read to their children give them an early start

Read more about how dads who read to their children give them an early start

Dads who read, draw, do puzzles and other activities are not only helping their children develop motor skills, they may also be shaping their learning ability.

Read more about how dads who read to their children give them an early start.


Early Start gains traction as a leader in childhood development

Read more about the special edition of Educational Psychology Review

UOW’s outstanding early childhood research is attracting attention, with the announcement that a prestigious international journal will dedicate an entire special edition to its research.

Read more about the special edition of Educational Psychology Review.


Australian children who watch TV commercials are more likely to have poor diets

Read more about TV ads and poor diets in children

A study, led by dietitian and public health expert Dr Bridget Kelly, aims to quantify the impact of children’s exposure to television food advertising on dietary patterns, as part of a larger survey on responses to food branding.

Read more about TV ads and poor diets in children.


Early Start Launch News

Here are some news stories from the launch event:


Minister launches $44m blueprint for 21st century early childhood learning - 8 July 2015

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Australia’s Minister for Social Services, the Hon. Scott Morrison MP, officially opened the most sophisticated early childhood teaching, research and community engagement initiative ever undertaken in Australia on Wednesday 8 July at UOW.

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Learning Through Play - Australia’s only children’s museum launches in Wollongong - May 2015

Find out more about the launch of Australia’s only dedicated ‘children’s museum’

Australia’s only dedicated ‘children’s museum’, and the first-of-its-kind in the world based on a university campus, has been launched at UOW.

Find out more about the launch of Australia’s only dedicated ‘children’s museum’.


Early Start on the radio - March 2015

Professor Ted Melhuish recently appeared on the ABC Radio’s Life Matters program.

Listen to Professor Melhuish speak about preschool education in Australia.


Kids Are Diggin’ It - May 2014

Hundreds of Illawarra children channelled their inner Indiana Jones this week as they participated in a simulated archaeological dig at the annual Kidsfest Shellharbour event. View the article or watch the video below.


February 2014

New forms of interactive digital learning and classroom-to-home connectivity are transforming early years education in New South Wales thanks to a revolutionary approach to teaching and learning pioneered at the University of Wollongong.


August 2013

Early Start becomes an official sponsor of Friend Our World. This is a festival event for International Day of Peace on 21 September 2013. Millions of children are expected to come online and play friendship games in geography, languages and global citizenship. There are also activities designed to encourage reflection on how we can all help our communities more peaceful and friendly.


May 2013

Catch up with the latest news from one our our Early Start Engagement Centres.

Northside Early Learning Centre Moruya


February 2013

The people and organisations who have been integral to the success of the Early Start project so far have recently come together for the first time at a celebration event at UOW.

Celebration for Early Start participants


December 2012

The Abbott Foundation’s $7 million contribution to the University of Wollongong’s (UOW) Early Start project is the largest philanthropic donation in the history of the University.

$7 million donation largest in UOW’s history


November 2012

The Federal Government announces funding for a strategic teaching, research and community engagement initiative which in a world first collaboration scheme, will deliver a new generation of graduates to work with young children aged from 0-12.

Early Start promises to break cycle of educational disadvantage

Last reviewed: 30 May, 2017