We have received some funding to help us create, pilot and evaluate 2 free open access research-based programs from February 2020-February 2023 for:

  1. parents to support their 2-5-year-old children within a defence (military) family, and
  2. educators to support 2-5-year-old children from defence families and assist their peers to develop understanding and empathy.

Why do we need programs?

Children from military families generally experience frequent and long separation from one of their parents due to training and deployment. They also move to different houses, towns and cities often. This can cause family stress and this, in turn, impacts children’s development, especially during the vital early years.

Changes in family members

The parent program will also assist parents to help children understand some of the changes that occur in families when a parent returns home with a physical injury or mental health condition.

The research behind the project and further research

More about the programs

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Acknowledgement of country

We acknowledge the traditional owners of the land on which we work and acknowledge that the land is Aboriginal land belonging to the Anaiwan nation in Armidale. We acknowledge that other Aboriginal nations also had a relationship with the land, including the Dungutti, the Kamilaroi and the Gumbaynggirr nations. We pay respects to elders past, present and emerging and acknowledge that sovereignty was never ceded by the traditional owners of the land on which UNE sits.