Children and parents matter: Research insights from integrated child and family services in Australia

Farrell, Ann M., Tayler, Collette P., & Tennent, Lee (2006) Children and parents matter: Research insights from integrated child and family services in Australia. In Abbott, Lesley & Langston, Ann (Eds.) Parents matter: Supporting the birth to three matters framework. Open University Press (McGraw-Hill), Maidenhead, UK, pp. 149-159.


Early years research is replete with evidence of the benefits of high quality early childhood care and education for children and their families (Barnett 1995; Feinstein 2003; McCain and Mustard 1999; Sylva et al. 2003). Policy initiatives such as Australia’s National Agenda for Early Childhood (2004), in turn, draw on a corpus of early years research as a backdrop to support children and their families, to promote child friendly communities and to engender engagement in child-friendly communities. So too, does Britain's Birth to Three Matters framework (DfES 2002) draw on an early years research base to support young children as strong and competent learners and skilful communicators, who matter to those involved in early years contexts. Birth to Three Matters shares, with the research reported in this chapter, a conceptual understanding that parents and families are central to the wellbeing of the child and that children and parents matter in research-driven initiatives to integrate child and family services. This chapter provides evidence from research conducted by the authors in Queensland (Australia) that the perspectives of parents and children can and should matter in the development and provision of integrated child and family services. The chapter maps the provision of programmes and activities for parents within the research sites and concludes with strategies for supporting parents, as well as their children, in their everyday lives.

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ID Code: 15379
Item Type: Book Chapter
Additional Information: For more information about this book please refer to the publisher's website (see link) or contact the author.
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Keywords: families, early childhood, integrated services, parents
ISBN: 9780335219803
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > STUDIES IN HUMAN SOCIETY (160000) > POLICY AND ADMINISTRATION (160500) > Social Policy (160512)
Divisions: Current > Research Centres > Office of Education Research
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Education
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2006 Lesley Abbott and Ann Langston
Deposited On: 29 Oct 2008 00:00
Last Modified: 29 Feb 2012 13:19

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