This research is based on data collected in Wave 1 of the Longitudinal Study of Australian Children (LSAC) from parents, children and child care/early education carers and teachers. The Wave 1 LSAC sample comprises 5,107 infants (mean age 8.8 months, range from 3 to 19 months) and 4,983 children (mean age 4 years and 9 months, range from 4 years and 3 months to 5 years and 7 months) and their families. The report addresses a number of questions relating to child care and early education in Australia and contains findings on these topics:-child care and early education attendance patterns for infants and 4 to 5 year-old children -parents' reasons for using care and satisfaction with their infant or child's care/education -family, child and community factors related to current attendance at child care and early education services -indicators of quality in formal and informal care/education programs attended by the LSAC infant or child -developmental outcomes, such as health, social and cognitive development, for infants and children in relation to care/education attendance patterns, quality indicators, and other influencing family, child and community factors.
|Place of Publication||Canberra, ACT|
|Publisher||Australian Government Dept of Families Housing Community Services and Indigenous Affairs|
|Number of pages||207|
|Publication status||Published - 2009|
Ungerer, J. A., Smith, G. J., Zubrick, S. R., Wise, S., & Waniganayake, M. (2009). Child care and early education in Australia. The Longitudinal Study of Australian Children. Australian Government Dept of Families Housing Community Services and Indigenous Affairs.