The LIFE series aims to unlock the secrets of child development to find out what gives a child the best chance at life. As we watch these young Australians grow up we’ll witness their lives, we’ll test their progress and discover what makes us who we are. Theirs are intimate and compelling stories that show what it is to be a child and a parent in contemporary society.
The stories of the families in the LIFE series are blended with the findings of the Longitudinal Study of Australian Children (LSAC), the most ambitious scientific study ever conducted on our children. 10,000 children and their families across Australia are enrolled in the study, providing a rich analysis of the the behavioural and biological development of a child.
LSAC is funded by the Australian Government Department of Families, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs (FACSIA). The study is being undertaken in partnership with the Australian Institute of Family Studies (AIFS) with data collection undertaken by the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS).
In 2006, The LIFE series was launched with the first instalment, the Life at 1 website and two television programs exploring the hot topics of personality development and the impact of stress on the modern infant. The LIFE website will be regularly updated on the progress of the children and what is happening for their parents. Then their stories will play out in intimate detail in the LIFE television series.
Life at 3, the television series is currently in production. As we follow these toddlers through milestone events as well as days of ordinary routine, we witness the impact on their lives of their parents’ relationships, finances, work, health, and education. The experts, families and the information from the LSAC study tell us what limits children’s growth and wellbeing and what makes them thrive, while behavioural and biological experiments deliver surprising results and reveal predictions for the future. And Life at 3 will be exploring two topics in previously un-chartered territory in child development.
So stay tuned and join us for the next installment of this extraordinary and groundbreaking journey.
Accolades for Life at 1
Life at 1 has been acclaimed as groundbreaking popular science television and on-line programming. It was: awarded a prestigious Golden Dragon at the BEIJING SCIENCE FILM FESTIVAL, a finalist in the 2007 LOGIE AWARDS for “Most Outstanding Documentary”, invited to screen at the OCEANIA PACIFIC FILM FESTIVAL, Tahiti, a finalist in the 2ND INTERNATIONAL SCIENCE FILM FESTIVAL in Athens and the “Life at 1” website was a finalist in the 2007 AUSTRALIAN MULTIMEDIA INDUSTRY ASSOCIATION AWARDS.