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The impact of Sure Start Local Programmes on five year olds and their families

Department for Education (DFE)
Department for Children, Schools and Families (DCSF)
Birkbeck College. Institute for the Study of Children, Families and Social Issues
National Evaluation of Sure Start, corp creators. (2010) The impact of Sure Start Local Programmes on five year olds and their families. [ Research report (Great Britain. Department for Education) ]

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Abstract

The main impacts identified for children were that: • Children growing up in SSLP areas had lower BMIs than children in non-SSLP areas. This was due to their being less likely to be overweight with no difference for obesity (using WHO, 2008, criteria) • Children growing up in SSLP areas experienced better physical health than children in non-SSLP areas. The positive effects associated with SSLPs for maternal well being and family functioning, in comparison with those in non-SSLP areas were that: • Mothers residing in SSLP areas reported providing a more cognitively stimulating home learning environment for their children. • Mothers residing in SSLP areas reported providing a less chaotic home environment for their children. • Mothers residing in SSLP areas reported greater life satisfaction. • Mothers residing in SSLP areas reported engaging in less harsh discipline. On the negative side, however, in comparison with those in non-SSLP areas: • Mothers in SSLP areas reported more depressive symptoms. • Parents in SSLP areas were less likely to visit their child’s school for parent/teacher meetings or other arranged visits. Although the overall incidence of such visits was low generally. Finally, no differences emerged between the NESS and MCS groups on 7 measures of cognitive and social development from the Foundation Stage Profile completed by teachers, 4 measures of socio-emotional development based on mothers’ ratings, and mothers’ ratings of area safety.

Item Type: Document from Web
Publisher: Department for Education
Series Name: Research report (Great Britain. Department for Education)
Additional Information: Record imported from Sirsidynix Symphony: 2011-09-21 03:21:13. [physical_description]: xi, 90 p.
Uncontrolled Keywords: Sure Start (Programme), Disadvantaged, Child care, Preschool education, Longitudinal studies
Depositing User: cat2010
Date Deposited: 21 Sep 2011 03:21
Last Modified: 03 Jul 2012 20:42
URI: http://dera.ioe.ac.uk/id/eprint/11575
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