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GROWING UP IN SCOTLAND: THE CIRCUMSTANCES AND EXPERIENCES OF 3 YEAR OLD CHILDREN LIVING IN SCOTLAND IN 2007/08 AND 2013

GROWING UP IN SCOTLAND: THE CIRCUMSTANCES AND EXPERIENCES OF 3 YEAR OLD CHILDREN LIVING IN SCOTLAND IN 2007/08 AND 2013

Tuesday, October 6, 2015

ISBN: 9781785447334

This report uses data from the Growing Up in Scotland Study to compare the circumstances and experiences of children aged 3 in Scotland in 2007/08 with those at the same age in 2013.It looks at child health and development and parental health as well as other aspects that could be compared including television viewing. The report considers how these vary by socio-economic characteristics: household income; area deprivation; maternal age and parental level of education.

Executive Summary

Compared with three year olds in 2007/08, three year olds in 2013 were more likely to be living in households where at least one adult was educated to degree level but less likely to be living in a household where at least one parent worked full-time. Three year olds in 2013 were also more likely to have a long-term health condition, to have higher vocabulary ability and to watch television more frequently and for longer. Parents of three year olds in 2013 found it less easy to arrange short-notice childcare and had higher mental wellbeing scores than parents of three year olds in 2007/08.