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The well-being of children in the UK$
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Jonathan Bradshaw

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9781447325628

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: September 2016

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781447325628.001.0001

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Childcare and early years

Childcare and early years

(p.287) Eleven Childcare and early years
The well-being of children in the UK

Christine Skinner

Policy Press

Asking the question of whether attendance at a formal childcare/early-education setting has a positive impact on child outcomes is easy. However it is fiendishly difficult to find answers. This chapter reviews the evidence on formal childcare provision for pre-school children (aged 0-5 years) and the impact on child outcomes. Based on the results from longitudinal studies such as EPPE, powerful arguments have been made that universal early-education is good for children. However, new studies are underway which address questions of whether current service provision is universally good for children once interactions with family characteristics and parenting styles are also taken into account. Yet, such studies are almost redundant as the political and research agendas have moved to a deeper scrutiny of the early years of life in its own right. This is driven by a desire to find ways to intervene early in childhood to improve well-becoming in adulthood.

Keywords:   childcare, preschool, early education, early intervention, targeting

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