We aim to enrich the lives of children and their families through the provision of excellence, kindness and adventure in early childhood education.

Research areas

Research areas include:

  • children’s agency
  • early childhood educators’ images of their roles and work
  • early childhood experiences of trauma
  • design and development of excellence in mentoring in early childhood contexts
  • play and environment.

Research projects

ECP3 project 

State-government funded, this project explores the impact of mentoring for early childhood preservice teachers. We are working in partnership with Goodstart to develop excellence in mentoring.

Maddern Square

Working in partnership with Public Realm Labs architects, the early childhood team is researching processes for reinvigorating the Maddern Square space in Footscray. The space will be co-designed with children to be a family-friendly, play-focused site of exploration

Remote Placements in Early Childhood at VU

In response to the need for remote placements, the Early Childhood team has created a new model of Remote Placements in Early Childhood at VU, where students work remotely with a family, under the guidance of a bachelor-qualified early childhood teacher. This research examines the effectiveness of those remote placements.

Staff & students

Read more about our research staff in their bios, via the links.

Partners, funders & collaborators

  • State Government of Victoria, Department of Education
  • Goodstart
  • Public Realm Lab