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 young children within a defence (military) family, and
  2. educators to support young children from defence families and assist their peers to develop understanding and empathy.

While the emphasis is on 2-5 years, many of our resources and program activities are extended to include 6-8-year-old children. Early childhood encompasses children from birth to 8 years. We even have resources use a multi-layered approach and can be used by children up to 12 years of age. Please see our list of planned eBook resources, including the targeted age groups.

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

How can you get involved?

There are a number of ways you can get involved in the project:

  1. give suggestions on what you think should be included in the resources and programs via our ‘contact & suggestions‘ page
  2. provide us with some song suggestions during our song writing competition
  3. explore our webpages for resources for children, parents, educators, academics/researchers/policymakers, information about our funders, and explore our media releases
  4. Follow our progress on our ‘project progress‘ page and follow us on Facebook and Twitter
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.

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