The University of Melbourne
The Early Years Education Research Program (EYERP) is evaluating the impact of the Early Years Education Program (EYEP) through a Randomised Controlled Trial. At the commencement of the trial, the researchers understood that EYEP was the first RCT of an early years education and care program in Australia.
The Early Years Education Program (EYEP)
EYEP is innovative centre-based early years education and care program for children under three years of age at enrolment who are growing up with severe family stress and social disadvantage.
The EYEP is designed for children who are at heightened risk of, or who have experienced, abuse and neglect and are already demonstrating problems in emotional and behavioural regulation, delays in development, and whose families struggle to participate in universal early education and care services.
The EYEP model is unique in Australia. It is a centre-based early childhood education and care model with a dual focus: first, addressing the consequences of abuse and neglect on children’s brain development; and second, redressing learning deficiencies.
The immediate objective is that children living with significant adversity will enter school as confident and successful learners who are developmentally and educationally equal to their peers. The long term objective is that these children will enjoy the same life trajectories as their peers.
EYEP was initiated by the Children’s Protection Society (now trading as KidsFirst) led by the Chair of the CPS board at the time, Dr Alice Hill.
Associate Professor Brigid Jordan and Dr Anne Kennedy designed the program with the support of CPS and the leadership team at the CPS centre. Enrolment of children into the EYEP trial commenced in early 2011 and concluded in early 2016 and the trial centre closed when the last child completed the program at the end of 2018
Tseng YP, Jordan B, Borland J, Coombs N, Cotter K, Guillou M, Hill A, Kennedy A and Sheehan J, ‘24 months in the Early Years Education Program: Assessment of the impact on children and their primary caregivers', Changing the Trajectories of Australia's Most Vulnerable Children, Report No. 4 (May 2019).
Jordan B and Kennedy A, ‘The Early Years Education Program (EYEP) Model’ Changing the Trajectories of Australia's Most Vulnerable Children, Report No. 3 (May 2019).
Tseng YP, Jordan B, Borland J, Coombs N, Cotter K, Hill A and Kennedy A, 'The first twelve months in the Early Years Education Program: An initial assessment of the impact on children and their primary caregivers', Changing the Trajectories of Australia's Most Vulnerable Children, Report No. 2 (March 2018).
Tseng Y, Jordan B, Borland J, Clancy T, Coombs N, Cotter K, Hill A and Kennedy A, 'Participants in the Trial of the Early Years Education Program’ , Changing the Trajectories of Australia’s Most Vulnerable Children, Report No. 1 (June 2017).
Jordan B, Tseng YP, Coombs N, Kennedy A and Borland J, 'Improving lifetime trajectories for vulnerable young children and families living with significant stress and social disadvantage: the early years education program randomised controlled trial', BMC Public Health 2014, 14:965.
Professor Jeff Borland - firstname.lastname@example.org (Chief Investigator)
Kate Cotter email@example.com(Chair)
Associate Professor Brigid Jordan firstname.lastname@example.org
Dr Anne Kennedy - email@example.com
Associate Professor Yi-Ping Tseng firstname.lastname@example.org
Research Coordinator - Nichola Coombs email@example.com