Developing evidence-based knowledge and tools to increase health equity in early childhood
The early years of a child’s life are particularly important in determining future health, educational and lifelong success.
University College London (UCL) will lead a review on the gaps found in existing literature reviews, focussing in particular on the transition to schooling and families facing multiple disadvantage. This review will attempt to establish causal relations between environments and policies, and establish a baseline to work from. The review will ensure comprehensive analysis of data from all EU member states and include a strong statistical component to allow for understanding of how socio-economic, behavioural and biological factors affect the development of children in the early stages of their lives.
Building on this review, UCL will examine policies which protect and promote good health in the early ages of a child’s life, and provide strong evidence-based tools to improve health across Europe.
- Systematic review of social inequities, early-child development and early-child health.
- Analyse existing interventions concentrating on unequal child development and health and develop new ones.
- Comparative data analysis using data from EU member states.
- Help explain social inequities in health and early child development and identify factors that could help improve health across Europe.