Table of contents

  • Preliminary material
    • Title & verso title pages
    • Contents
    • Acknowledgments
    • Abbreviations
    • Summary
      • 0-3 years: within a child care setting
      • 3-5 years: within a preschool setting
  • Body content
    • 1 Introduction
      • Priority areas for government
      • Growth in child care: Government assistance and workforce participation
      • Measuring developmental outcomes: The Australian Early Development Census (AEDC)
      • Cost benefit of ECEC
      • International cost-benefit research
      • Australian cost-benefit research
    • 2 Methodology
      • Context
      • Scope
      • Conceptual approach and criteria for including studies
      • Key research questions
    • 3 Does the quality of ECEC affect developmental outcomes?
      • What is quality in ECEC?
      • Age-related benefits of ECEC
      • For children aged 0-3 years
        • Longitudinal research
      • Children 3 years and older
        • Longitudinal research
    • 4 Does the quantity of ECEC affect developmental outcomes?
      • For children aged 0-3 years
        • Duration: effect of age at entry to child care
        • Intensity of exposure: effect of number of hours per week of attendance at child care
      • For children 3 years and older
        • Is there an optimal number of hours of preschool?
    • 5 Which groups of children benefit most from exposure to ECEC?
      • Indigenous children
      • Socially disadvantaged children
      • Children from non-English speaking backgrounds
    • 6 Research opportunities
      • What we don't know: key areas for further research
    • 7 Conclusions
  • End matter
  • References