The useful links below take you to a number of high quality, evidence-informed resources.

  1. Victorian Early Years Learning and Development Framework The Victorian Government framework provides early childhood professionals with a common language for describing outcomes for children, and describes practice principles to guide early childhood professionals to work together, with children and with families to achieve the best outcomes for every child.
  2. Raising Children Network The complete Australian resource for parenting newborns to teens. On the Raising Children Network, parents will find reliable and scientifically validated information and resources to support them in the day-to-day work of raising children and looking after their own needs. The website is growing all the time and covers a broad range of up-to-date parenting topics and resources.
  3. Maternal and Child Health Services
  4. 30 Million Words project Find out more about the importance of saying lots of words to young children.
  5. Playgroup Victoria Playgroup Victoria is committed to helping all Victorian families discover the benefits of playgroup and is a not for profit organisation funded by membership, fundraising and government grants.
  6. BabyTalk Newsletter A newsletter showcasing selected free resources to “support the people who work with infants and toddlers”. See the link to view current and past editions. To subscribe to this newsletter follow the instructions at the bottom of one of the newsletters.
  7. Vroom Resources, tools and apps. Vroom is an online resource which was developed by a group of dedicated scientists, community leaders and trusted brands, with input from community organisations and families.
  8. smalltalk in Singapore Kidstart is a Government Initiative in Singapore that responds to the needs of disadvantaged and vulnerable families. Singapore has implemented smalltalk as the enhancement to the supported playgroup platform.
  9. Publication using EHLS Data. Provisional PhD paper by Shannon Bennetts using Early Home Learning Study data
  10. EHLS Results. The results of the Early Home Learning Study by Naomi Hackworth
  11. E-Book or Paper Book − What’s Best for Young Children? Some evidence based information for parents on the use of e-books
  12. First Words Project FIRST WORDS® Project is a longitudinal research investigation in the Florida State University Autism Institute in the College of Medicine. Their major goal is to identify early signs of developmental language disorders, autism spectrum disorder, and other communication delays in children from 9 to 24 months of age.Through our research findings and resources provided on our website, we aim to improve screening tools and early detection of communication problems by maximizing the role of the family and to help families support their child’s development and access intervention services sooner.
  13. Bright Tomorrows Start Today Bright Tomorrows Start Today brings the science of early childhood brain development to life to show us how meaningful moments build young brains. The initiative is by CoLab – Collaborate for Kids.  CoLab was launched in 2017 through a partnership between Telethon Kids and the Minderoo Foundation.CoLab is made possible by Minderoo’s founding commitment to ensure every Australian child gets the best possible start in life.
  14. Big Little Moments! Check out how little moments can make a BIG difference to your child’s development. Have a look at the Big Little Moments videos and see how all those little moments can add up to something much bigger.
  15. Communication Milestones Kit – Speech Pathology Australia Speech Pathology Australia produced the Communication Milestones Kit to provide information for parents and carers about the role of speech pathologists. The kit also assists parents and carers to find a speech pathologist if they are unsure about whether their child is having difficulty with his or her speech, language and communication.
  16. Playgroups in Australia: Building the evidence base  This suite of resources is intended to assist in the development of high-quality and consistent playgroups, and further build and strengthen the evidence base for the effectiveness of playgroups in meeting outcomes for families and children.
  17. Caregiver Handouts: Games and activities Here you’ll find handouts with suggestions for games and activities to do with children of different ages. They can be shared at well child visits or when caregivers are looking for support with behavior. These activities can promote child-caregiver bonding and build children’s brains through play.
  18. Brain-Building through Play: Activities for Infants, Toddlers and Children The handouts listed here, developed with support from the LEGO Foundation, provide suggestions for games and play-based activities based on a child’s age.
  19. Children and young people with disability in Australia Fact sheets, reports, and legislation resources available on this website
  20. Center on the Developing Child at Harvard University – YouTube – The mission of the Center on the Developing Child at Harvard University is to drive science-based innovation that achieves breakthrough outcomes for children facing adversity. The YouTube channel has a range of videos translating science into easy to understand language and visuals.