Early Years

The Growing Up in Scotland study (GUS) is an important longitudinal research project aimed at tracking the lives of a cohort of Scottish children from the early years, through childhood and beyond.

The study is funded by the Scottish Government and carried out by the Scottish Centre for Social Research (ScotCen). Its principal aim is to provide information to support policy-making, but it is also intended to be a broader resource that can be drawn on by academics, voluntary sector organisations and other interested parties.

Report of a research project which studied the development of character capabilities contributing to life chances and the factors influencing their development. It concludes that the early years are the critical years in this regard and that parents are, consequently, the principal character builders in society.

This progress map summary provides key research findings from the C4EO knowledge review on the effectiveness of early years interventions for disabled children. A number of 'challenge questions' for strategic leaders to use in assessing, delivering and monitoring the effectiveness of early years interventions for disabled children are also provided.

Peter Lee is Director of the Childhood and Families Research and Development Centre at the University of Strathclyde. His research interests include professional practice development and equity and social justice. He is Co-chair of the Scottish Educational Research Association on Early Years.

Report that outlines why and how the Early Years Self-Evaluation Collaborative was set-up, gives some examples of the current policy context that have implications on early years work, and details of the projects involved.

Podcast from Curriculum for Excellence - A Creative Curriculum, Crawfurd Theatre, Glasgow, 24th/25th April 2009. Talk by Professor Carolyn Pope Edwards, University of Nebraska.

Podcast from Curriculum for Excellence - A Creative Curriculum, Crawfurd Theatre, Glasgow, 24th/25th April 2009. Talk by Helene Guldberg, author and lecturer, Open University.

Document describing an international new arrivals scheme, the main objectives of which were to forge inter-agency links, create bespoke staff training, create activities and sessions aimed at new arrivals and encourage newly-arrived parents to engage fully with early years services.

This report uses data from the first four waves of the Growing Up in Scotland study (GUS) to explore health inequalities in the early years.

The measures explored include health outcomes and risk factors for poor health spanning the time from the early stages of pregnancy until just before the children’s fourth birthday.

Reviews recent literature on how early years experiences may impact on life chances for different groups of the population. Life chances can cover a range of opportunities that people can experience as they become adults and into their later life. These opportunities include, for example, the likelihood of being in employment over individuals’ lifetimes, the chances of obtaining educational qualifications and the chances of good physical and mental health.