ARC Linkage success!

ARC Linkage success!


A/Prof Michael Henderson along with LNM Fellow Prof Susan Edwards and colleagues have won an Australian Research Council Linkage grant in partnership with Playgroup Victoria.

Project title: A best practice framework for playgroups-in-schools.


This project generates a Best Practice Framework for playgroups-in-schools. It aims to identify the processes, practices and/or policies informing productive relationships between families and school-staff. Playgroups-in- schools are a burgeoning field of integrated early childhood service provision. Research shows that playgroup participation benefits parental capabilities about children’s play. High levels of parental knowledge, skills and confidence in providing children with play-experience are known to have a positive development and learning impact for children. Playgroups-in-schools are ripe for building parental capabilities through strengthened relationships with school-staff, but remain under-researched for this purpose.


  • Australian Research Council $156,000
  • Playgroup Victoria $180,000




  • Professor Susan Edwards;
  • Dr Karen McLean;
  • Ms Catherine Healy;
  • Associate Professor Maria Evangelou;
  • Associate Professor Michael Henderson;
  • Professor Andrea Nolan;
  • Professor Helen Skouteris