Early Start Discovery Space recognised in national playspace awards
The University of Wollongong’s (UOW) Early Start Discovery Space has been recognised in the Kidesafe 2016 National Playspace Design Awards.
Adolescent males targeted in new mental health campaign
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.
Exploring new health and green-space links
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?.
Young artists collaborate on project promoting 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.
Oral storytelling helps young Indonesian students learn English
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.
Indigenous children celebrate at 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.
Bringing the world of comics and graphic novels to the Early Start Discovery Space
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.
Body movement is more critical to a child’s learning than first thought
Body movement can boost children’s learning, especially when integrated into the classroom as part of a learning task.
Passion for fostering confident kids sparks career change
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.
World-first 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.
UOW hosts the first Early Start conference looking at putting research into practice and policy change
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.
- Read the Illawarra Mercury story about the conference.
- Read about the conference being live streamed.
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.
Early Start gains traction as a leader in childhood development
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.
Australian children who watch TV commercials are more likely to have poor diets
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.
Early Start Launch News
Here are some news stories from the launch event:
- Listen to an interview with Professor Marc de Rosnay about the launch from 702 ABC Sydney Afternoons.
- View the WIN News Illawarra’s story about the launch.
- Read the Illawarra Mercury’s news article about the launch.
Minister launches $44m blueprint for 21st century early childhood learning - 8 July 2015
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.
Learning Through Play - Australia’s only children’s museum launches in Wollongong - May 2015
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.
Early Start on the radio - March 2015
Professor Ted Melhuish recently appeared on the ABC Radio’s Life Matters program.
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.
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.
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.
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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.
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.
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.