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TACKLING INEQUALITIES IN THE EARLY YEARS: KEY MESSAGES FROM 10 YEARS OF THE GROWING UP IN SCOTLAND STUDY

TACKLING INEQUALITIES IN THE EARLY YEARS: KEY MESSAGES FROM 10 YEARS OF THE GROWING UP IN SCOTLAND STUDY

Tuesday, October 6, 2015

ISBN: 9781785446818

The report draws together key messages from 10 years of the Growing Up in Scotland Study. By comparing outcomes for and experiences of children in households with higher and lower incomes it summarises what the study has revealed about inequalities up to age 8, explores whether there is any evidence that the socio-economic gap has narrowed or widened in recent years and highlights some key messages from the study about to improve outcomes for all children and to reduce inequalities.

Executive Summary

The report highlights that there are still some stark inequalities across a range of outcomes and experiences from the early years of a child’s life (including health and cognitive development). In some important areas we have seen overall improvements in recent years (time spent reading to children at 10 months, children’s vocabulary at age three and mental wellbeing of primary carer) and inequalities across income groups have narrowed in relation to cognitive ability and breastfeeding rates. With regard to improving outcomes for children, the report highlights the importance of the home learning environment (such as parent/child reading); early learning and childcare; and supporting positive parenting. It also highlights the value of one-to-one support (such as that provided by health visitors) and the potential value of targeting positive parenting messages to grandparents as well as parents.