ECA recently caught up with Professor Karen Thorpe, one of the 2022 Australian Research Council’s (ARC) Australian Laureate Fellows and Professor at the Queensland Brain Institute at the University of Queensland, to discuss her upcoming research project. The project, entitled ‘10,000 Hours: Time in early
education and care for better life opportunity’, refers to the number of hours a child might be in early childhood education and care (ECEC) if they start in the first year of life and attend full time. It will be a large-scale longitudinal study on the role of ECEC in the first five years of children’s lives.

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