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Improving the early life outcomes of Indigenous children: implementing early childhood development at the local level

Posted on: 10 March, 2014
Issue: Vol 14 No 1, January 2014 – March 2014
Related to Closing the gap Nutrition Infants and young children Social issues

Wise S (2013)
Improving the early life outcomes of Indigenous children: implementing early childhood development at the local level
Canberra: Closing the Gap Clearinghouse

This report reviews and synthesises knowledge related to early childhood development (ECD) with the aim to improve the early life outcomes of Indigenous children.

The aims of the paper are to:

  • outline what is known about the size of the gap in ECD between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australian children and the social determinants of ECD
  • establish why localised ECD is an effective means to close the gap in early childhood years
  • describe the conditions under which localised ECD is more likely to be successful and how to put them into practice
  • describe three broad strategies to promote physical, social-emotional and language-cognitive domains of development and reduce developmental risk.

The report draws on several sources including peer-reviewed scientific literature, policy documents and reports from governments, international agencies and civil society groups.

Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet abstract

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