Parenting matters: early years and social mobility


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Paper that argues strongly that the government is correct to take the bold step of embracing the firm evidence on child development in seeking to create a strategy that "sets out plans to support a culture where the key aspects of good parenting are widely understood and where all parents can benefit from advice and support...what is needed is a much wider culture change towards recognising the importance of parenting, and how society can support mothers and fathers to give their children the best start in life".

It not only firmly endorses such a commitment, but argues that it is one that must be carried through fully and bravely. Moreover, that it must be implemented very carefully if it is to maximise the desirable effects, not least in relation to the ‘principal goal’ of improving social mobility.

Chris Paterson