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Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic the early childhood education (ECE) sector was continuously tasked with expanding their required health practices to include up-to-date evidence-informed interventions to prevent the spread of COVID-19 infections.

In this context, the Australian government via its Medical Research Future Fund (MRFF) invited research into the processes and challenges associated with population specific health communication. This report outlines the design of a multidisciplinary, multi-method, collaborative research project which sought to capitalise on learning derived from the experience of the ECE sector during the COVID-19 crisis. The ultimate aim was to develop a Best Practice Model of health communication for use whenever population-level health information needs to be communicated rapidly, accurately, and effectively to families of young children and their educators (Degotardi et al., 2020). The following questions guided the investigation:

RQ 1. What health information is received, sought, and communicated by the health and ECE sector to minimise the chance of infection of families and staff?

RQ 2. How does the ECE sector communicate health information to staff, families, and children?

RQ 3. What attitudinal, behavioural, and demographic characteristics are associated with process and effectiveness of the health knowledge translation and communication?

RQ 4. How can the Australian Government and the ECE sector work effectively together to harness the knowledge broker potential of the ECE sector for families with young children?
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationNorth Ryde, NSW
PublisherMacquarie University
Commissioning bodyMedical Research Future Fund (MRFF)
Number of pages22
Publication statusPublished - 13 Apr 2023

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