Supporting Children’s Social and Emotional Development

When children grow up to be flourishing adults it is no accident. When they are able to take on responsibility, contribute to their whānau and community and when they are a good friend, partner or parent, it is almost always due to early support.

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Childcare: How are the Children Doing?

At Brainwave Trust we are often asked, “What are the effects of childcare on children?” We know that parents want the best for their children, and sometimes have difficult choices to make, which is why they deserve honest, as objective-as-possible information. Read more

Setting the Record Straight on Perry Preschool

Keryn O’Neill, Senior Researcher at Brainwave Trust, looks at some of the misinterpretations of the Perry Preschool early intervention study and how it applies or doesn’t apply to early childhood education in NZ. The attempts to use evidence when developing policy to enhance outcomes for New Zealand’s children are to be applauded. Research can certainly be a very useful tool in determining which of the multiple options facing Government are likely to effectively contribute to improved wellbeing for children. However, like the tools used by the Kiwi DIY-er, correct use is necessary for a positive result. Read more

The Neuroscience Data on Childcare

Researching and understanding the effects of non-parental care on young children is complex. Each child, each family, each situation is different. Data can only speak in statistically significant generalities. Yet once the findings from the research become robust and repeated it is important to report it so that parents can incorporate this information into their decisions, as well as advocate for improved policies and programmes. Read more