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Associate Professor Cathrine Neilsen-Hewett

Associate Professor Cathrine Neilsen-Hewett’s current research focusses on quality early childhood education and care (ECEC) environments, integrated service delivery, and enhancing access to early childhood education and health services, particularly for those from vulnerable or disadvantaged backgrounds and those living in regional, rural or remote communities. Cathrine will contribute to the Educated Child program, lending her expertise in examining and promoting quality pedagogy and practice in ECEC and the development of children’s self-regulation and related abilities.

Since joining Early Start at the University of Wollongong, Cathrine has taken a senior role in key, large-scale intervention and evaluation projects focusing on educator knowledge, practices and experience. Her contributions to early childhood at a national level have included participation in advisory committees, involvement in key longitudinal studies examining ECEC as well as involvement in the development of curriculum materials for pre-service early childhood teachers. Cathrine’s research and publications in the area of early childhood development and education have made significant contribution to pre-service teacher education and policy development.



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