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Longitudinal Study: LSAC
Title: Early childhood health and school readiness
Authors: Claessens, A 
Msall, M 
Chen, J 
Publication Date: Jul-2010
Abstract: Given the increasing emphasis on school readiness skills both in Australia and across the world, it is essential to understand the links between early conditions and school readiness. Children born pre-term or with a low birth weight face a myriad of problems in their early years that might be linked to poor school readiness skills. In addition, characteristics of families and out-of-home child care might serve as protective influences for some children with health problems. To answer these questions, we will utilise data from both cohorts of the Longitudinal Study of Australian Children (LSAC). We will examine the relationship between key early health indicators and school readiness at age 4-5 as measured by child achievement and socio-emotional functioning. We will capitalise on the longitudinal data available to control for important child and family background characteristics that might influence both health and school readiness. We will also examine trajectories of early health and how out-of-home contexts, such as child care, might moderate the relationship between poor health and school readiness. This research will provide one of the first systematic analyses of early childhood health and school readiness using a nationally representative sample of Australian children. The knowledge generated from this research will help to better understand how early health influences the constellation of skills and behaviours that lead to children's school success. Such knowledge could help guide early childhood policies and programs related to both health and school readiness.
Conference: Australian Institute of Family Studies Conference: Sustaining Families in Challenging Times, Melbourne
Conference location: Melbourne
Keywords: Education and Training; Education and Training -- school readiness
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