What makes a good childhood?

Happy children running in a park

The concept of a good childhood means many things to many people, yet one thing we all have in common is the experience of having once been a child.

The period of childhood, when we reflect back, is often remembered as a fleeting time. Researchers and early childhood practitioners however, tell us that this ‘fleeting’ time is one of critical development for a child, and the importance of it must be understood.

In early 2017, Berry Street’s Childhood Institute commenced on a research project to bring together information around current thinking and research findings and practices, frameworks, key issues and approaches, around how a good childhood is defined and the key factors and domains of a good childhood.

Making an assessment of what makes a good childhood for individual children, and for all children more generally, is a difficult task, but one in which Berry Street feels is important to undertake.

Some of the key areas considered in our research were:

We will be sharing blog posts on these topics over the coming weeks.

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