child development

Report on the concept of parent champions for childcare pilot schemes, examining who these champions might be, how to recruit them, training, activities and remunerations.

Resource that covers 47 topics related to the development of the child, from conception to the age of five, and presents the most up-to-date scientific knowledge.

Review based on a wide-ranging examination of international research and other literature, which considers the concept of family wellbeing and various tools that can be used to measure and understand it. Interest in wellbeing issues in the UK has tended to focus on the welfare of children rather than families.

Paper that reviews the major perspectives in research on early childhood transitions. Assessing concepts in developmental theory that preceded transitions research, as well as more recent approaches including systems theories and the role of children as active participants in transitions, the paper reveals the predominant areas of focus in both academic and professional studies.

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.

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.

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.

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.