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Children of the 21st centuryFrom birth to nine months$
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Shirley Dex and Heather Joshi

Print publication date: 2005

Print ISBN-13: 9781861346889

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781861346889.001.0001

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(p.237) Nine Conclusion
Children of the 21st century

Shirley Dex

Heather Joshi

Policy Press

This chapter presents some concluding remarks. In what has been an unprecedented time in the UK for family policy initiatives and developments, the new large-scale longitudinal survey of babies that was launched in the Millennium Cohort Study (MCS) of 18,819 babies has provided an interesting opportunity for analysis. This book has given people the chance to start to dip into the richness of this new survey, explore its potential, compare its findings with earlier generations and provide some benchmarks for the future with this new generation of children who have started out life in this era of new UK family policy. This chapter presents some final thoughts about policy questions such as babies under different family structures and parenting regimes; fathers' involvement in childcare; child poverty; working mothers; parental employment; babies'health and development, and social capital.

Keywords:   MCS, UK, family policy, child poverty, social capital, childcare

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