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Dr Sally Staton

Dr Sally Staton is a Senior Research Fellow in the Science of Learning Research Centre at the Queensland Brain Institute, at The University of Queensland. Dr Staton has a strong commitment to research that can inform and ensure positive early life experience for all children. Her research focuses on the role of early education and care settings in supporting young children’s immediate and on-going social-emotional, cognitive and physical development. Dr Staton has a strong track record in research translation and community engagement. In 2016, she was named among Queensland’s Young Tall Poppy Scientists for her contribution to science translation and engagement. In 2019 her successful research partnerships with industry and government was acknowledged in a Partners in Research Excellence Award from UQ.

Saturday, 11 March

10:45am – 12:00pm

Good quality sleep is vital for healthy development across the life-span, with impacts on learning, behaviour, and health. In the early years of life, children’s sleep impacts not only the child, but also those who care for them. The significance of children’s early sleep development is reflected in the NQS which specifies that services must appropriate opportunities to meet each child’s need for sleep, rest and relaxation (QA 2.1.1). Yet, how ECEC services best respond to individual differences in sleep needs is not always clear. Drawing on our findings from over a decade of research into sleep, rest, and relaxation practices, this interactive presentation will examine current knowledge of children’s sleep development and provide opportunity to reflect on best practice to meet individual differences in children’s sleep, rest, and relaxation needs.

Sunday, 12 March

2:30pm – 3:30pm

concurrent workshops - select one

The “Bedtime Battle” is a well-known parent challenge. For Montessori families, however, giving autonomy to children over their sleep from the earliest ages can prevent a negative association with sleep. At the same time, the scientific approach of Montessori ensures that we are taking note of research outcomes to check against our practices.

Prof Jeanine Young, Dr Sally Staton, Vicki McKinnon and Susan Chahwan