Our purpose is to make a sustained impact upon the lives of young Australians through advancing the quality of early learning experiences for all children.
The REEaCh Centre has three priorities of research and engagement in early childhood education and care: the quality of early childhood education programs, the equitable participation of all children in high-quality programs, and the importance of educational leadership to sustained quality improvement in early childhood education programs.
Our research on teacher effectiveness focuses on teacher–child interactions and assessment for learning practices as valuable ways to maximise young children’s learning and development outcomes, and address disparities in child development early in life.
Our research on children's learning outcomes, demonstrates the mechanisms (e.g., sufficient quality and intensity) by which early childhood education programs impact children’s learning and development.
The Research Network
Educators and early childhood professionals across Australia are invited to join our Research Network of Early Childhood Professionals, to collaborate in research and give voice to real-world issues in early childhood education and care (ECEC).
The EDGE Study
The Educational and Developmental Gains in Early Childhood (EDGE) study is a partnership with The Front Project and the Victorian Department of Education and Training for a five-year evaluation of the state-wide roll-out of Three-Year-Old Kindergarten in Victoria.
The REEaCh Centre was established in 2019, with a generous philanthropic investment from Jenny and John Leaper. Learn more
What's on at REEaCH
Educational Leadership in Early Childhood MicroCert series
In 2021 four Melbourne MicroCerts will be offered as part of the Educational Leadership in Early Childhood Series. Melbourne MicroCerts are the University of Melbourne’s unique microcredential offering. They are 8-week online courses which are industry aligned and support ECEC educational leaders and educators to engage with cutting edge research and world-class pedagogical practice. Each Melbourne MicroCerts can be taken as a stand-alone course, or you can complete all four Melbourne Microcerts in the Educational Leadership in Early Childhood series as a pathway into the Graduate Diploma in Early Childhood Teaching. Learn more about the first two Melbourne MicroCerts:
The Abecedarian Approach Australia (3a)
Staff in the REEaCh Centre are at the forefront of research, training and implementation of the 3a strategies Australia wide.
3a is a set of evidence-based teaching and learning strategies for early childhood educators and parents to use with children from birth to five. Research has shown that 3a delivers enhanced educational outcomes by enriching and enhancing educator practice – both before and after a child starts school.
For more information about 3a and training visit https://3a.education.unimelb.edu.au
Classroom Assessment Scoring System (CLASS)™
The CLASS (Classroom Assessment Scoring System) Observation Training program enables participants to develop capacity and confidence in providing feedback on teacher practice to improve children’s learning and development outcomes. The program involves observing teacher-child interactions and providing feedback to help new and experienced teachers become more effective. The program also helps educational leaders and teachers to lead and develop other educators in their settings.
MGSE is an authorised trainer in CLASS in Australia across Toddler, Pre-K and K-3 levels. View more information about training.
Both the Abecedarian Approach Australia and the CLASS Training are available through the Victorian DET’s School Readiness Funding. Details are available on the Victorian DET's website.
Child Wellbeing during the COVID-19 pandemic
The REEaCh Hub are conducting an online survey with members of the Research Network to understand more about EC professionals’ thoughts and experiences in relation to the social and emotional health of children in early childhood settings.
Early Language in Victoria Study (ELVS)
ELVS is a longitudinal epidemiological study of the emerging communication, language and literacy skills of approximately 1800 Victorian children born in 2002.
Early Learning Teaching Trial
The REEaCh Hub, in partnership with the Centre for Program Evaluation, have been engaged by the Australian Government’s Department of Education, Skills and Employment to deliver the Early Learning Teaching Trial (the trial), an initiative under the Commonwealth Closing the Gap Implementation Plan.
Early Years Assessment for Learning Tool
The Assessment Research Centre, in partnership with the Research in Effective Education in Early Childhood Centre (REEaCh), is working with the Victorian Government Department of Education and Training to develop and validate an evidence-based tool designed to support all children in funded 3 and 4-year-old kindergarten programs to have the best start in life.
EDGE - The Educational and Developmental Gains in Early Childhood Study
Examining evidence use in early childhood education and care (ECEC) and schools
The REEaCh Hub, in partnership with the Centre for Program Evaluation (CPE), is working with the Australian Education Research Organisation (AERO) to examine educators’ use of evidence in Early Childhood Education and Care services and schools across Australia.
Family engagement with Early Childhood Education and Care during the COVID-19 pandemic
Led by Dr Penny Levickis, this research project aims to find out if the COVID-19 pandemic has changed the way families use and interact with their early childhood education and care services.
Learning from COVID-19 crisis in early childhood education: Educator wellbeing and family engagement
Led by the REEaCh Hub, this project is a partnership with the Centre for Community Child Health (CCCH) at Murdoch Children’s Research Institute (MCRI), and Goodstart Early Learning.
Mini-Maddern Pop-up Playground
This project is a study of the critical elements in designing temporary play spaces for children.
Research Network of Early Childhood Professionals
The Research Network of Early Childhood Professionals was established in 2019, with the aim of inviting early childhood professionals in Australia to generate and facilitate high quality research into common, real-world issues in Early Childhood Education (ECE).
School Readiness Funding Initiative Evaluation
The Centre for Program Evaluation in collaboration with the Research in Effective Education in Early Childhood Hub have been engaged by the Victorian Government Department of Education and Training (DET) to undertake an evaluation of the School Readiness Funding (SRF) Initiative.
Building a Bridge into Preschool in Remote Northern Territory Communities
In collaboration with Early Childhood Education and Care (ECEC) in the NT Department of Education (DoE), the study aims to increase the school readiness of young Indigenous children in two remote communities in the Territory.
Early Childhood Learning at the Museum
The project explored language and concepts used in museum programs for young children, and how this learning was embedded in the early childhood curriculum after museum visits.
Every Toddler Talking Research Evaluation
The Every Toddler Talking (ETT) research trial aligns with the Victorian Government Education State priorities to achieve earlier engagement in high quality learning, better connection between services, and better support for children and families experiencing disadvantage.
Families as First Teachers (FaFT) Online Coaching study
The FaFT online coaching study is a one-year project funded by the Northern Territory Government’s Department of Education to examine the impact of targeted coaching and web-based support on FaFT Family educators’ (FE’s) and Family Liaison Officers’ (FLO’s) fidelity of implementation of conversational reading teaching strategies in their daily interactions with mothers and young children attending the FaFT playgroups in 10 remote Northern Territory communities.
Improving children's language, literacy and mental health: Evaluating the impact of the Classroom Promotion of Oral Language (CPOL) approach
This project is led by the Murdoch Children’s Research Institute in collaboration with the University of Melbourne, La Trobe University, Deakin University and partnering with Catholic Education Melbourne and the Victorian Department of Education.
Improving Teaching Skills for Early Childhood Educators (ITSECE)
Improving Teaching Skills for Early Childhood Educators (ITSECE) is a project carried out in partnership with the Victorian Curriculum & Assessment Authority (VCAA) to validate and test the reliability of a self-reflection tool that focuses on the quality of instructional support provided by teachers of children aged from three to five years.
Literacy Teaching Resource
This study aims to document effective teaching strategies in reading, writing speaking and listening in Victorian early childhood centres and primary schools.
Parent and child wellbeing during the COVID-19 pandemic
In 2020, REEaCh conducted an Australia-wide survey about the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on parent and child wellbeing, parent-child relationships, the home learning environment, and young children’s learning and development.
The Victorian Advancing Early Learning (VAEL) Study
The Victorian Advancing Early Learning Study was a three-year research project funded by the Victorian Department of Education and Training.
The influence of coaching interactions on early childhood educators’ learning
Catriona Elek. Supervisors: A/Prof Jane Page and A/Prof Tricia Eadie
Implementing Inclusive Education in Early Childhood Settings
Olivia Penna. Supervisors: Prof Tricia Eadie, Prof Lorraine Graham & A/Prof Jane Page
Connecting policy and parents in the early childhood education and care sector
Phyllis Jackson. Supervisors: A/Prof Jane Page and Dr Di Mulchavy
The perceptions and experiences of professionals in the early childhood sector regarding ways in which professional reading has supported them to engage with evidence-based practices to improve learning, development and wellbeing outcomes for young children
Jackie Brien. Supervisors: A/Prof Jane Page and Dr Jeanette Berman
Research interest: Looking at effective teaching practices in kindergarten classrooms in low and middle income countries.
Adeola Monty. Supervisors: Prof Janet Clinton, A/Prof Jane Page and Dr Rhonda di Biase
Young children making meaning through co-creating art installations.
Jo Dean. Supervisors: Dr Marnee Watkins and Dr Robert Brown
Pedagogical leadership in Australian early childhood education and care: Exploring relationality through human and more-than-human encounters.
Rachael Keating. Supervisors: A/Prof Jane Page, Dr Sonja Arndt, Dr Penny Levickis
Teacher Self-Efficacy in Developing Effective Partnerships With Families: Perspectives of In-Service Early Childhood Teachers in Long Day Care Settings
Shihuan Wang. Supervisors: Prof Patricia Eadie, Dr Penny Levickis
Upcoming news and events
Patricia Eadie, Ben Deery, Lisa Murray, Penny Levickis, Jane Page & Catriona Elek (2022) What are the research priorities of Australian early childhood professionals? Results of a Delphi style study. International Journal of Early Years Education, DOI: 10.1080/09669760.2022.2091980
Patricia Eadie, Jane Page, Penny Levickis, Catriona Elek, Lisa Murray, Lucas Wang & Catherine Lloyd-Johnsen (2022) Domains of quality in early childhood education and care: A scoping review of the extent and consistency of the literature, Educational Review, DOI: 10.1080/00131911.2022.2077704
Levickis, P., Murray, L., Lee-Pang, L. et al. (2022). Parents’ Perspectives of Family Engagement with Early Childhood Education and Care During the COVID-19 Pandemic. Early Childhood Education Journal. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10643-022-01376-5
Patricia Eadie, Lisa Murray, Penny Levickis, Jane Page, Amelia Church & Catriona Elek (2022) Challenges and supports for educator well-being: perspectives of Australian early childhood educators during the COVID-19 pandemic, Teachers and Teaching, DOI: 10.1080/13540602.2022.2062746
Murray, L., Eadie, P., Church, A., Levickis, P., Page, J. (2022). Wellbeing During the COVID-19 Pandemic: Perspectives of Australian Early Childhood Educators. In: Pattnaik, J., Renck Jalongo, M. (eds) The Impact of COVID-19 on Early Childhood Education and Care. Educating the Young Child, vol 18. Springer, Cham. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-96977-6_7
Eadie, P., Levickis, P., Murray, L., Page, J. & Elek, C. (2021) Early childhood educators’ wellbeing during the COVID-19 pandemic. Early Childhood Education Journal, 49, 903–913. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10643-021-01203-3
Eadie, P., Young, S., Suda, L. & Church, A. (2021). Facilitator and teacher perspectives on museum programs for young children. Journal of Museum Education, DOI: 10.1080/10598650.2021.2000770
Young, S., Eadie, P., Suda, L. & Church, A. (2021) LEARN: Essential elements of museum education programs for young children. Curator: The Museum Journal, DOI: 10.1111/cura.12456
Page, J., Murray, L., Niklas, F., Eadie, P., Cock, M.L., Scull, J & Sparling, J. (2021) An Abecedarian Approach with Aboriginal families and their young children in Australia: Playgroup participation and developmental outcomes. International Journal of Early Childhood, 51, 233–250 (2019). https://doi.org/10.1007/s13158-019-00246-3
Page, J., Murray, L., Niklas, F. et al. (2021) Parent Mastery of Conversational Reading at Playgroup in Two Remote Northern Territory Communities. Early Childhood Education Journal. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10643-020-01148-z
Page, J., Murray, L., Cock, M. L., Eadie, P., Nossar, V., Niklas, F., Scull, J., & Sparling, J. (2021). Aboriginal children’s health, playgroup participation and early learning outcomes in two remote Northern Territory communities. Health Education Journal, 80(5), 596–610. https://doi.org/10.1177/0017896921994162
Eadie, P., Page, J & Murray, L. (2021). Continuous improvement in early childhood pedagogical practice: The Victorian Advancing Early Learning (VAEL) Study. In S. Garvis & H.L. Taguchi (Eds.) Quality improvement in early childhood: Working to enhance children’s learning outcomes (pp. 69-91). London: Palgrave Macmillan.
Scull, J., Page, J., Cock, M. L., Nguyen, C., Murray, L., Eadie, P., & Sparling, J. (2021). Developing and validating a tool to assess young children’s early literacy engagement. Australasian Journal of Early Childhood, 46(2), 179–195. https://doi.org/10.1177/18369391211009696
Eadie, P., Stark, H. & Niklas, F. (2019) Quality of interactions by early childhood educators following a language-specific professional learning program. Early Childhood Education Journal, 47, 251–263. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10643-019-00929-5
Page, J., & Eadie, P. (2019). Coaching for continuous improvement in collaborative, interdisciplinary early childhood teams. Australasian Journal of Early Childhood, 44(3), 270–284. https://doi.org/10.1177/1836939119855542
Innovative strategies to support family engagement and educator wellbeing
A range of resources generated through a partnership project between REEaCh, Goodstart Early Learning and the Centre for Community Child Health. In phase one of this project, online survey and interview methods were used to generate insights about innovative practices used by Goodstart services during the COVID-19 pandemic to support educator wellbeing and maintain connections with children and families. In phase two, a coach worked with a small group of educators who used co-design methodology to test and refine innovative practices over a period of 18 months. Knowledge translation methodology was used to develop resources and disseminate learnings widely. This project was funded by the Ian Potter Foundation.
Family engagement with ECEC services during COVID-19: Video summary of research findings
Dr Penny Levickis summarises findings from a qualitative research project conducted with Australian families during the COVID-19 pandemic. Families were interviewed about their experiences engaging with ECEC services during the pandemic, including the impact of restrictions on their relationships with educators and their home environment.
Early childhood educators feel burnt out and undervalued. Here’s what we can do to help. Conversation article, published 28 October 2021
Sorting 'red flags' from run-of-the-mill chaos at a childcare centre, Interview with Professor Tricia Eadie on ABC Life, published 5 October 2020
Why ECE is everyone’s business. Pursuit article, published 31 May 2019