The Paidia Project examines aspects of play and early childhood programs, such as playgroup. I research the importance of play in child development, and inhibitors and encouragers of play. My most recent research has examined the prevalence of unstructured play amongst four year old children in Australia. I have also examined various aspects of playgroup, such as why mothers go (or do not go) to playgroup, social capital in playgroups, how parenting styles are affected by playgroup, and support for refugee mothers and playgroup.

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