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Counting numbers of Children’s Centres in the most disadvantaged areas in England and assessing their impact

Counting numbers of Children’s Centres in the most disadvantaged areas in England and assessing their impact
Counting numbers of Children’s Centres in the most disadvantaged areas in England and assessing their impact
1. Nadhim Zahawi, Minister for Children and Families, in evidence to the Science and Technology Select Committee (May 1st 2018), confirmed the importance of children’s centres to the government’s early education and social mobility strategies. But we were surprised to hear him state that the number of children’s centres in disadvantaged areas had remained unchanged.
2. Measuring the impact of children’s centres on children and families is a technically difficult and complex problem, though not impossible, as the Minister appeared to imply in an earlier parliamentary answer (February 2018): ‘Due to the wide range of services that affect educational outcomes for young children, it is not possible to draw a causal link between children's centre services and a child's educational attainment.’
children's centres, early intervention, disadvantaged families, social deprivation, early years, Poverty, austerity
UK Parliament
Smith, George
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Smith, Teresa
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Smith, George, Sylva, Kathy, Smith, Teresa, Sammons, Pamela and Hall, James (2018) Counting numbers of Children’s Centres in the most disadvantaged areas in England and assessing their impact UK Parliament

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Abstract

1. Nadhim Zahawi, Minister for Children and Families, in evidence to the Science and Technology Select Committee (May 1st 2018), confirmed the importance of children’s centres to the government’s early education and social mobility strategies. But we were surprised to hear him state that the number of children’s centres in disadvantaged areas had remained unchanged.
2. Measuring the impact of children’s centres on children and families is a technically difficult and complex problem, though not impossible, as the Minister appeared to imply in an earlier parliamentary answer (February 2018): ‘Due to the wide range of services that affect educational outcomes for young children, it is not possible to draw a causal link between children's centre services and a child's educational attainment.’

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Smith et al (2018). Written evidence submitted to the Evidence-based early-years intervention inquiry
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Published date: 12 June 2018
Keywords: children's centres, early intervention, disadvantaged families, social deprivation, early years, Poverty, austerity

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Local EPrints ID: 421910
URI: https://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/421910
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ORCID for James Hall: ORCID iD orcid.org/0000-0001-8002-0922

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Date deposited: 09 Jul 2018 16:30
Last modified: 23 Jul 2019 00:25

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Author: George Smith
Author: Kathy Sylva
Author: Teresa Smith
Author: Pamela Sammons
Author: James Hall ORCID iD

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