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Evaluation of the KindiLink Pilot Program

KindiLink is a play-and-learn initiative for three year old Aboriginal children who attend with a parent/carer at 37 selected government primary schools across WA. KindiLink provides six hours a week of high quality play-and-learn sessions, planned and delivered by early child teachers and Aboriginal Indigenous Education Officers (AIEO), using evidenced-based programs and practices. In this study four case study schools will selected from the data analysed from the Education Department to take part in case studies.

The aim of the research project is provide evidence based results about the impact and effectiveness of the

KindiLink initiative in order to inform future early childhood policy and practice. The KindiLink project is conducted on primary school sites, and targets Aboriginal families with three year old children with the aims of improving children's social, emotional, language and cognitive capabilities of Aboriginal children upon entry into Kindergarten. In addition it aims to forge strong and supportive links between home and school for Aboriginal families.

This project will evaluate the impact of the KindiLink Initiative on behalf of the Department of Education WA.

Funding agency

Department of Education - WA

Project duration

June 2016 - June 2018


Professor Caroline Barratt-Pugh
Associate Professor Lennie Barblett
Dr Marianne Knaus
Associate Professor Trudi Cooper
Mrs Cindy McLean

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