The Early Home Learning Study (EHLS) was the precursor to smalltalk, an evidence-based parenting strategy that helps parents enhance the home-learning environment for their young children.
Prevention Science has published an article on the EHLS study and its findings: Impact of a Brief Group Intervention to Enhance Parenting and the Home Learning Environment for Children Aged 6–36 Months: a Cluster Randomised Controlled Trial
The EHLS study examined the effectiveness of an early home-learning intervention by using a rigorous cluster randomised controlled trial ‘in situ’. It was the first study of its kind in Australia and was conducted between 2009 and 2012. Over 2200 families experiencing disadvantage participated.
Now over 100 supported playgroup facilitators are delivering smalltalk across Victoria.