The Early Care and Education (ECE) Special Interest Group serves to support existing ECE researchers and researchers with emerging interests in physical activity, sedentary behaviors, sleep and nutrition during the early childhood period.

The focus of this SIG is young children’s engagement in out of home child care whether infant care, nursery school, preschool, kindergarten, child care centers, or family childcare home providers.


The ECE SIG will serve as a source of communication, information sharing, and collaboration among researchers whose goals are to improve the young child’s health, growth and development through healthy eating, regular physical activity, adequate sleep and minimizing sedentary behaviors.

SIG Leadership team


Dr Anne Martin (University of Glasgow)

Dr Serene Yoong (University of Newcastle)

Deputy Co-chairs:

Dr Rebecca Byrne (Queensland University of Technology)


Dr Rachel Jones (University of Wollongong)

Webinar organisation:

Dr Rebecca Byrne (Queensland University of Technology)


Dr Avril Johnstone (University of Glasgow)

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Dr Penny Love (Deakin University)

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ECE Awards:

Dr Sophie Chen (National University of Singapore)

Dr Alice Grady (University of Newcastle)

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