Growing up and ready for school? Evidence from the first five years of 'Growing Up in New Zealand' Event as iCalendar

14 November 2017

5:30 - 6:30pm

Venue: J1 Lecture theatre

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Susan Morton and children
Susan Morton will present evidence from the first five years of 'Growing Up in New Zealand'.

In this lecture, Associate Professor Susan Morton will present evidence from the first five years of Growing Up in New Zealand.

Growing Up in New Zealand is a longitudinal cohort study that provides a contemporary, population-relevant picture of what it is like to be a child growing up in New Zealand in the 21st century. The study recruited and collected information from both mothers and their partners before their children were born, and has subsequently undertaken several data collection waves during the children’s first five years of life. 

Growing Up in New Zealand is unique in terms of its size and capacity to provide a comprehensive picture of child health and development across multiple domains of influence, and for its inclusion of significant numbers of Māori, Pacific and Asian children as well as New Zealand European and other ethnicities. From its inception, the Growing Up in New Zealand study has been designed explicitly to follow children from before birth until they are young adults, to understand ”what works” for children and families (rather than primarily focusing on negative outcomes) and to consider pathways of development across multiple domains of influence. This talk will provide key findings from the children’s preschool years and describe the cohort as the children prepare to enter formal education settings.