Professor Thorpe said the results would produce findings on a wide range of sleep influences and effects and contribute to greater specificity about good sleep practices for early childhood development. “It will inform policies such as the National Early Childhood Education and Care Quality Framework, and help provide parents and educators with the knowledge and confidence to support the changing needs of children’s sleep,” Professor Thorpe said. The Sleep Transitions and Regularity Study (STARs) is one of a large portfolio of ARC projects overseen by Professor Thorpe, which also includes children’s digital literacy and bridging education gaps. “In addition to STARs, the team will also work on other projects that review the effects of early education policies and work toward quality early childhood education and care,” she said. Professor Thorpe chairs the Australian Early Years Reference Council and has twice been named by the Australian Financial Review as one of ‘Australia’s 100 Women of Influence’.
ISSR is currently recruiting participants to the Sleep Transitions and Regularity Study; please contact the research team if you are interested. The study is a collaboration between Children’s Health Queensland, the Australian Children’s Education and Care Quality Authority, and international scholars from the University of Colorado and the University of Bristol.