Early Years

A collection of resources on the topic of early years.

Early years education: perspectives from a review of the international literature

Review to gather together, describe and comment on international evidence on the educational experiences offered to young children. It was commissioned by the Scottish Executive Education Department at a time when the existing curriculum guidance (A Curriculum Framework for Children 3 to 5, SCCC, 1999) was under review and a national process of educational reform for children aged 3-18 was under way.

Evaluation of the 'You First' programme for young parents

Report that presents findings from the evaluation of the You First pilot programme, undertaken by Ipsos MORI Scotland, in collaboration with Professor Sarah Cunningham-Burley. The study was commissioned by Communities Analytical Services on behalf of the Children and Families Directorate and the Directorate for Employment, Skills and Lifelong Learning.

The timing and quality of early experiences combine to shape brain architecture (Working paper 5)

Report from the National Scientific Council on the Developing Child that summarises in clear language the most recent scientific advances in understanding the importance of sensitive periods on brain development, and the implications of those findings for policy.

Young children develop in an environment of relationships (Working paper 1)

Report from the National Scientific Council on the Developing Child that summarises the most current and reliable scientific research on the impact of relationships on all aspects of a child's development, and identifies ways to strengthen policies that affect those relationships in the early childhood years.

Early years: filmed conversations with experts

Section on Education Scotland website which contains videos of conversations with experts on the subject of early years. Speakers include Detective Chief Superintendent John Carnochan, Professor Colwyn Trevarthen and Professor Aline-Wendy Dunlop.

0-5: how small children make a big difference

Paper which will demonstrate how vital the early years are to good economics, social mobility, quality of life, and consequently, government plans for modernisation and reform. It explores each of these in turn, and shows why parenting and early-year enrichment make such a big diference.

Backing the future: why investing in children is good for us all

Report that presents the findings and recommendations from the Happiness Counts project, – a partnership between Action for Children, one of the UK’s leading charities and providers of services to vulnerable children, young people and families and nef, one of the UK’s leading independent think-and-do tanks.

Families in the foundation years: evidence pack

Pack that provides a wide range of robust evidence sources that have informed the development of the Families in the Foundation Years policy statement. It will be useful for local commissioners of services for children and families in the foundation years.

The effectiveness of interventions to address health inequalities in the early years: a review of relevant literature

Review prepared to summarise the relevant evidence base and advise policy colleagues of the known effectiveness of specific early years health interventions.

The review covers the following areas: pregnancy at a young age; maternal and foetal health during pregnancy; maternal and child nutrition and physical and mental health; child development and early education; parenting in the early years; vulnerable groups and longer term impacts.

The evaluation of the Family Nurse Partnership Programme in Scotland: phase 1 report - intake and early pregnancy

The Family Nurse Partnershhip (FNP) is a preventative programme for first time teenage mothers and their babies. FNP is being tested in Scotland for the first time.

A first interim evaluation report and focuses on the intake and early pregnancy phases of the programmes implementation.