Monday, 23 November 2015 13:12
Children can start learning literacy and numeracy well before school. New articles on raisingchildren.net.au provide parents with tips on how to introduce maths activities in everyday life. Even handwriting, which is still considered an essential life skill, can begin in the early years.
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Tuesday, 10 November 2015 10:33
The University of NSW is inviting practitioners who deliver parenting programs to take part in a national survey exploring their experiences in working with fathers.
The findings of the survey, part of the Movember-funded Like Father Like Son project, will inform the development of online parenting support that aims to increase the participation of fathers in parenting programs, particularly fathers of children with behavioural problems, including tantrums, non-compliance, rule-breaking and aggression.
Who can take part?
Clinicians and practitioners in Australia who are delivering parenting programs or treatment for child conduct problems. Go to the survey now.
For more information please email Senior Project Leader Lucy Tully or phone (02) 9385 1697.
Thursday, 05 November 2015 10:58
Share your experiences about working with families in early childhood education and care.
We invite early childhood educators to complete a short online survey. The closing date is Friday 18 December 2015.
Results will be used to help the Parenting Research Centre develop a practice support model that promotes more effective collaboration with families and training for educators.
You can take part if you are working with children aged 0-8 in any of the following services:
- family day care
- long day care
- out-of-school-hours care.
Go to survey
Thursday, 08 October 2015 15:09
Update 17 November 2015
The Parenting Research Centre (PRC) welcomes news that the Centre for Child Wellbeing (Save the Children Australia) and the University of Melbourne will co-host the 2016 Australasian Implementation Conference.
We look forward to supporting this conference through the involvement of our implementation experts on the program committee and as speakers.
8 October 2015
PRC and the Australian Research Alliance for Children and Youth (ARACY) wish to advise that our organisations have reached a joint decision to cease hosting the 2016 Australian Implementation Conference (AIC).
Having co-hosted two highly successful AIC events (2012 and 2014), both organisations are in agreement that we can no longer commit the significant resources required to deliver this conference.
It is now time to let Australasia’s growing implementation community identify and pursue its next major knowledge-sharing initiatives. ARACY and PRC will support any such activities, albeit as participants rather than co-hosts.
Both organisations are extremely proud of the leadership role AIC has played in raising the profile of implementation science and increasing collaboration in its practice.
We jointly thank the many volunteers, partners, suppliers and staff for their efforts in delivering the highly successful 2012 and 2014 Australian Implementation Conferences.
ARACY and PRC look forward to pursuing our respective endeavors in improving outcomes for children and their families by supporting the translation of research into practice.
Thursday, 27 August 2015 14:14
The Parenting Research Centre has made a submission to the Royal Commission into Family Violence (Victoria). Our submission highlights the need to build rigorous, empirical evidence for the effectiveness of interventions on family violence.
We recommend that to increase the positive impact of family violence interventions, it is important to support parents in their parenting role, for example through developing coping skills and building social connections. Interventions also need to prioritise family safety, particularly that of children.
Parenting Research Centre Director, Ms Annette Michaux, said the submission drew on the organisation's experience in identifying reliable evidence on programs and practices that support families in vulnerable circumstances.
"Unfortunately there isn't a great deal of rigorous research into interventions that address the needs of children affected by domestic violence.
"In addition to building an evidence base to identify interventions that work, we also need to remain mindful that evidence-based programs are more likely to be effective when they are implemented in a systematic and rigorous manner,” Ms Michaux said.