Community Hubs Australia is pleased to share a substantial piece of research that unequivocally demonstrates that hubs are having a positive impact on school readiness for migrant and refugee families in Australia. This report was prepared by the Centre for Community Child Health on behalf of Community Hubs Australia (CHA), with interviews of principals, assistant principals and hub leaders at four schools that are part of the national community hubs program.
- There are three interrelated components of school readiness: children’s readiness for school, schools’ readiness for children, and the capacity of families and communities to provide the necessary opportunities, conditions and supports to optimise children’s development and learning.
- Children from culturally and linguistically diverse families, including those from a refugee background, are more likely to be developmentally vulnerable, have lower engagement in early childhood services, and have lower awareness of early childhood education and care principles and its benefits.
- Community hubs, based in primary schools, are able to engage culturally isolated women and pre-school children, providing a gateway to early education and local services.
- Community hubs in primary schools have resulted in improvements in: children’s skills and abilities upon school entry, schools’ understanding of children and families’ needs at school commencement, and parent understanding of the expectation and practicalities of school.
These findings build on previous research conducted by Charles Sturt University that demonstrated the positive impact hubs are having on individuals, families, schools and communities.
In addition, a number of principals were interviewed about the impact of hubs on their school in this great video piece: