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Research at C&K

At C&K we are most interested in research that assists us to learn and improve our practice and programs, generate new knowledge, and demonstrate accountability to our children and families, and funders.

We undertake research to ensure the early childhood services we provide are of a high quality, innovative and effective and deliver what our children and families require.  We also work with academic, government and other industry partners to ensure our research has collective impact.

C&K is committed to child-led, family focussed research that supports a social inclusion agenda.

C&K’s Research and Evaluation Strategy provides a more detailed overview of priorities across C&K’s research effort.


Want to do research with us?

Information for students and researchers.

We welcome approaches from children, families, students, government and other researchers who are interested in working with C&K or wish to conduct their own research involving children, families or educators.

Applicants are encouraged to contact us to obtain our Research Guidelines for Applicants and an Application to Conduct Research in C&K.  You will also be provided with a Checklist of Attachments will assist you in finalising your application. You will be required to complete a Final Research Report using a template provided by C&K.

If you are at an ‘ideas’ stage only, you can email your ideas to C&K for discussion at

The Research and Evaluation Committee meets four times annually to consider all research and evaluation applications.


Take part in a research project

Find out how your child, family or educator can get involved.

If you are a child, family or carer, or educator you might be interested in taking part in current research projects. All of the internal projects listed below have been approved by C&K’s Research and Evaluation Committee and are currently looking for participants.  Please contact the appropriate researcher for more information regarding the project and how you can be involved. Note: all children will require the consent of their parent or carer to participate in research.

The external projects listed below are not endorsed by C&K and participants will need to read the Participant Information Sheets and Consent Forms prior to making your own assessment about whether to participate.

Internal – C&K research

Retention and Training of Early Childhood Education and Care Workers

This national survey is being conducted by QUT, C&K is an industry partner under an Australian Research Council grant.  All educators are strongly encouraged to complete the survey

Family Day Care Review

This research is being conducted by C&K and involves family day care educators and families, for more information click here.



QUT research study examining physical activity, psychological wellness, and family relationships in parents of children under the age of 1 year

Parents are required to participate in an online survey on the above topic. The survey can be accessed at:


University of Queensland study examining similarities and differences in parenting practices and family relationships and their impacts on children’s behaviour between parents residing in Australia and Indonesia

The Parenting and Family Support Centre at the University of Queensland in collaboration with the University of Indonesia and Widya Mandala Catholic University Surabaya would like to invite parents of 2-10 year old children to participate in an online survey, at


Find out about our current research projects.

Health Promoting Early Childhood Education

This study is looking at health promotion strategies that best promote holistic health in early childhood.  The project is a partnership between QUT and C&K.

Research Summary

Investigate mobile technologies in early childhood

This study is led by QUT under an ARC Future Fellowship project. The project has looked at mobile technologies in young children’s everyday worlds and web searching in early childhood.

A professional early years workforce

C&K is a linkage partner under a three year ARC study which will identify effective strategies to grow and sustain a professional early years workforce. Other partners include QUT, Charles Sturt University, Department of Education, Training and Employment and Goodstart Early Learning.

An enrichment program in early childhood

C&K’s Mt Warren Park has been involved in an ongoing research project with Griffith University looking at whether there are sensitive periods of learning for young children, that can be taken advantage of through Brain Filing Enrichment Programs.


Completed Projects

What is Safe?

This study asked children their views on safety in the Logan community for the Logan Child Friendly Community Consortium via the Children’s Consultation Action Group. A stage two of the project is planned for the near future.

Inclusive Practices

Department of Education Training and Employment (DETE) has recently released a snapshot summary of this research project conducted by C&K which can be accessed at


Papers from Nexus Seminar

The purpose of seminar was to explore the nexus between early childhood education and care and family support from the perspectives of policy and programs, parents, research and practice.