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Tracing the Consequences of Child PovertyEvidence from the Young Lives study of Ethiopia, India, Peru and Vietnam$
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Jo Boyden, Andrew Dawes, Paul Dornan, and Colin Tredoux

Print publication date: 2019

Print ISBN-13: 9781447348313

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: September 2019

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781447348313.001.0001

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Middle childhood: A key time for healthy development and learning

Middle childhood: A key time for healthy development and learning

(p.73) Five Middle childhood: A key time for healthy development and learning
Tracing the Consequences of Child Poverty

Jo Boyden

Andrew Dawes

Paul Dornan

Colin Tredoux

Policy Press

This chapter examines middle childhood. Skills and values developed during middle childhood build on foundations established in early childhood and set the stage for adolescence. Thus, it is vital that the momentum established in the early years is sustained through this important life phase. Young Lives evidence shows that children's growth trajectories are more dynamic during middle childhood than is often recognised. This finding suggests a wider policy opportunity. The evidence from systematic reviews points to the importance of measures such as social protection, which has been shown to increase livelihood security. With near-universal access to school during middle childhood, midday meals and other nutrition programmes in schools may also help support children's growth. Moreover, the focus on strengthened education and learning quality is especially important for the early grades, given that early performance in key areas such as literacy and numeracy lays the foundation for later educational performance.

Keywords:   middle childhood, Young Lives, social protection, livelihood security, nutrition programmes, midday meals, education, learning quality, early grades, educational performance

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