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Lyttleton-Smith Jennifer, 2019
Reports & Papers
Peer Reviewed
This qualitative research paper discusses how the material environment of preschool classrooms contributes to early childhood experiences of gender. It applies poststructuralist and posthumanist concepts -- primarily Barad's agential-realism -- to…
McSweeney Lorraine A., Rapley Tim, Summerbell Caroline D., Haighton Catherine A., Adamson Ashley J. (Ashley Jayne), 19 August, 2016
Reports & Papers
Peer Reviewed

In the UK just over a fifth of all children start school overweight or obese and overweight 2-5 year olds are at least 4 times more likely to become overweight adults. This can lead to serious future health problems. The WHO have recently…

Blanden Joanne, Del Bono Emilia, McNally Sandra, Rabe Birgitta, May, 2016
Reports & Papers
Peer Reviewed
This article studies the effect of free pre-school education on child outcomes in primary school. We exploit the staggered implementation of free part-time pre-school for three year olds across Local Education Authorities in England in the early…
Batchelor Sophie, Inglis Matthew, Gilmore Camilla, December, 2015
Reports & Papers
Peer Reviewed
Children show individual differences in their tendency to focus on the numerical aspects of their environment. These individual differences in 'Spontaneous Focusing on Numerosity' (SFON) have been shown to predict both current numerical skills and…
Blakey Emma, Carroll Daniel J., 24 November, 2015
Reports & Papers
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Cognitive training has been shown to improve executive functions (EFs) in middle childhood and adulthood. However, fewer studies have targeted the preschool years--a time when EFs undergo rapid development. The present study tested the effects of…

Hesketh Kathryn, Griffin Simon J., Sluijs Esther MF van, 26 September, 2015
Reports & Papers
Peer Reviewed

Background: Young children are thought to be inactive in childcare, but little is known about location-specific activity levels. This observational study sought to describe the in-care and out-of-care activity patterns of preschool-aged children…

Blanden Joanne, Del Bono Emilia, McNally Sandra, Rabe Birgitta, May, 2015
Reports & Papers
This paper studies the effect of free pre-school education on child outcomes in primary school. We exploit the staggered implementation of free part-time pre-school for three-year-olds across Local Education Authorities in England in the early 2000s…
Chittleborough Catherine R., Mittinty Murthy N., Lawlor Debbie A., Lynch John W., November/December 2014
Reports & Papers
Peer Reviewed
Randomized controlled trial evidence shows that interventions before age 5 can improve skills necessary for educational success; the effect of these interventions on socioeconomic inequalities is unknown. Using trial effect estimates, and marginal…
Cattan Sarah, Crawford Claire, Dearden Lorraine, September, 2014
Reports & Papers
The Effective Pre-School, Primary and Secondary Education (EPPSE) project is the first large-scale British study on the effects of different pre-school experiences on children's outcomes. As part of this project, about 2,800 children were assessed…
Cattan Sarah, Crawford Claire, Dearden Lorraine, September, 2014
Executive Summary
The Effective Pre-School, Primary and Secondary Education (EPPSE) project is the first large-scale British study on the effects of different pre-school experiences on children's outcomes. It enables researchers to look at the impact of both pre-…
Gallagher Aisling, May, 2014
Other
Peer Reviewed
Childcare has become a recent focus of government intervention. Concerns have been raised about the soaring costs for parents, patchy provision, and the often small and unprofitable nature of the services themselves. This paper will explore how the…
Konstantoni Kristina, December, 2013
Reports & Papers
Peer Reviewed
Young children's active participation is high on the UK's political, research and policy agendas; at least in rhetoric. However, critiques have emerged regarding the extent to which this rhetoric has been translated into practice and whether…
Attanasio Orazio P., Di Maro Vincenzo, Vera-Hernandez Marcos, September, 2013
Reports & Papers
Peer Reviewed
We use two different data sets and three different instruments to estimate the impact of a long-established pre-school nursery programme on children's nutritional status. We use variables related to cost (fee, distance to the nursery) and programme…
Vincent Carol, Braun Annette, August, 2013
Reports & Papers
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This paper reports on data drawn from an Economic and Social Research Council-funded project investigating the experiences of UK-based students training on level-2 and level-3 childcare courses. We focus on the concept of emotional labour in…
Hall James, Sylva Kathy, Sammons Pam, Melhuish Edward, Siraj-Blatchford Iram, Taggart Brenda, June, 2013
Reports & Papers
Peer Reviewed
This paper illustrates how high-quality preschool has the potential to serve as an intervention within normal populations. Although it is well known that targeted Early Interventions can protect the development of young children from developmental…