What does it mean to be two years old in New Zealand? What resources are available to help you and your family? What are your health outcomes? These are some of the issues explored as part of the Growing Up in New Zealand longitudinal study.
The purpose of the study is to provide evidence about what shapes children’s early development so every New Zealand child can have the best start in life. The cohort is broadly generalisable (ethnicity and social-economic status) to contemporary New Zealand.
Information about the children up to the age of two years is already available and provides a wealth of insights into their development. External data relating to when the children at age four will be available for research soon.
“Children are clearly top-of-mind for researchers and policymakers,” says Sankar Ramasamy, who’s responsible for the study at Superu.
“In December we launched the Superu Children and Families Research Fund, worth over $1m, and received a great response. The Fund is dedicated to funding policy-relevant research using external data from the study. It provides researchers with an opportunity to explore and shape social policy that supports children and their families, whānau and communities. Given the number of applications we received, researchers clearly want to learn even more about what it’s like growing up in New Zealand today.”
Grants are expected to be allocated in May.
Find out what we already know about kiwi kids here: www.superu.govt.nz/growingup
The study started in 2008 and is funded by the government. It is based at the University of Auckland’s Centre for Longitudinal Research – He Ara ki Mua and the contract for the study has been managed by Superu since 2013. The eight-year data collection wave is due to start in the next few months.