Universal, quality early childhood programmes that are responsive to need promote better and more equal outcomes in childhood and later life
The environment a child experiences, from the prenatal period through early childhood, has a profound influence on later life chances and outcomes. A loving, responsive, nurturing and stimulating environment supports positive development in the early years, while problems at this stage can have serious negative effects on the development of cognitive, communication and language, and social and emotional skills.
University College London (UCL) led two reviews in DRIVERS, one focusing on neighbourhood and household factors and their relationship to children's health, and the other on interventions and their effects on children's health. UCL then conducted data analyses, making use of cohort data from across Europe, to understand how socio-economic, behavioural and biological factors affect the development of children in the early stages of their lives.
- Pikhart H, Ruiz M, Morrison J, Goldblatt P & Marmot M (2014). DRIVERS final scientific report: Inequities in early childhood health and development, evidence and policy implications (+ Appendices).
- DRIVERS policy brief: Universal, quality early childhood programmes that are responsive to need promote better and more equal outcomes in childhood and later life.
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