The developmental significance of sleep transition in early childhood. (2020–2024)
This project aims to advance understanding of sleep functioning as children transition from many naps, to one nap, then none. Through an intense, objective longitudinal study of sleep (age 1-5 years) the study seeks to examine the interplay of sleep, care environment and ongoing child development. Scientific advances are expected to deliver much needed evidence to address the controversy surrounding care practice in family and early childhood education and care contexts. The expected benefit for parents and educators is improved knowledge and confidence in supporting children's sleep. The expected benefit for children is positive development, given the known impacts of sleep on ongoing learning, behaviour and health.