The NSW Department of Education uses a range of research and data to enable evidence-based policy-making and investment decisions that will lead to improved outcomes for children and families in early childhood education and care.

Data and research is used to guide a number of new early childhood initiatives which are designed to ensure all families have access to affordable, safe, quality early childhood education and care and all children get the best start to life and learning in New South Wales.

NSW Department of Education research

In addition to monitoring publicly available data, the department undertakes its own research through surveys, focus groups and other consultation processes as well as commissioning reports.

Find out more about the research the department has undertaken to inform our early childhood education and care policies and investment decisions:


  • Early childhood education

Business Unit:

  • Early Childhood Outcomes
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