Survey shows that sleep is an ongoing issue for Victoria’s youngest citizens
A recent survey of Victorian parents has shown that while most children are getting enough sleep, some parents are still struggling to get their children into healthy sleeping habits.
The Parenting Today in Victoria survey highlights areas where Victorian parents are feeling confident, and areas where they could benefit from additional support.
Conducted by the Parenting Research Centre with funding from the Victorian Government, the most recent survey included the views and experiences of a representative sample of 2,600 Victorian parents and carers of children aged from birth to 18 years.
The survey is undertaken every three years and commenced in 2016. Repeating the survey at regular intervals provides an opportunity to measure changes in parents’ experiences to ensure that parenting policy and programs can reflect the contemporary experiences of Victorian families.
Another survey is planned for early 2022 and will highlight changes for parents following the COVID-19 pandemic.
“We understand the important role parents play in supporting their children’s wellbeing and development and also, the additional challenges that many parents are currently experiencing due to the COVID-19 pandemic,” Victorian Minister for Child Protection, Disability, Ageing and Carers Luke Donnellan said, highlighting the value of the survey.
“The Victorian Government is committed to providing evidence-based services and supports to all families and critical to this is a thorough understanding of parents concerns and challenges. Through the Parenting Today in Victoria survey, the Parenting Research Centre is helping us ensure that all children and families have the support they need to have a great life.”
Further results from the survey will be released in coming months. Information pertaining to children’s sleep specifically can be found here.