child development

Early years, life chances and equality: a literature review

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.

Learning disability in the family : a guide for parents (Finding out about)

Booklet providing information and advice to help parents and families with learning disabled children cope successfully with their caring responsibilities.

Growing up in Scotland (GUS): the impact of children's early activities on cognitive development summary report

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.

Child Abuse

Every child has the right to grow up in a caring and safe environment. Fortunately most children and young people do. However, some children are not loved by their families. Others live in families that are having a really difficult time and cannot cope with their problems. Some children are deliberately neglected or hurt by the adults around them.

Ages and Stages of Down's Syndrome

This resource is produced by Down's Syndrome Scotland and looks at the ages and stages of Down's Syndrome. It also provides information about the health problems associated with Down's syndrome, screening and testing, child development, growing older and dementia. There is also a list of relevant professionals that can help people with Down's syndrome as well as their families and carers.

Parents as partners in early learning: case studies: reaching out to parents - the 'Way We Learn' project, Newcastle-upon-Tyne

Document describing a five-day 'Way We Learn' course aimed at parents from disadvantaged communities. The course involved a variety of exercises intended to make parents more attuned to their children's cognitive processes.

Child development in the first three sweeps of the Millennium Cohort Study

Research looking into differences in early child development by examining the factors associated with the cognitive and behavioural ability of children up to age 5 in the Millennium Cohort Study.

The developmental approach to the study of Down syndrome : contemporary issues in historical perspective

Paper putting forward the advantages of the developmental approach as a framework for understanding Down syndrome, arguing that it both narrows and broadens the scope of research in the field.

After Abuse: Early Intervention Services for Infants and Toddlers

FPG Child Development Institute presented a research document done about all substantiated cases of maltreated infants and toddlers.

What is Down's Syndrome?

This booklet is produced by Scottish Down's Syndrome Association and provides a wide range of information for parents, carers, professionals and students about Down's syndrome. The resource includes facts and figures, information about health problems associated with Down's syndrome, screening and testing, growing up and growing older with Down's syndrome, as well as current research.