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Relationships between families’ use of Sure Start Children’s Centres, changes in home learning environments, and preschool behavioural disorders

Relationships between families’ use of Sure Start Children’s Centres, changes in home learning environments, and preschool behavioural disorders
Relationships between families’ use of Sure Start Children’s Centres, changes in home learning environments, and preschool behavioural disorders
UK Sure Start Children’s Centres (SSCCs) aim to lessen behavioural disorders yet we lack evidence concerning how this is achieved. This study evaluates one possible mechanism: improved home learning environments (HLEs). Data come from a longitudinal study of 2,568 families and children recruited at mean age 14 months from 117 SSCCs in England in 2012. Behavioural disorders were measured at 38 months via the Strengths and Difficulties Questionnaire. HLEs were measured at 14 and 38 months via parental interview. Families’ use of SSCCs were measured via parental interview at 14, 22, and 38 months. This study suggests that the use of SSCCs is associated with fewer preschool behavioural disorders via intermediate changes to the quality of home learning environments. Implications are discussed for social policies and for early years’ professionals.
Sure Start Children’s Centres, home learning environment, behavioural disorders, internalising problems, externalising problems, early intervention
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Hall, James
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Hall, James, Sammons, Pam, Smees, Rebecca, Sylva, Kathy, Evangelou, Maria, Goff, Jenny, Smith, Teresa and Smith, George (2019) Relationships between families’ use of Sure Start Children’s Centres, changes in home learning environments, and preschool behavioural disorders. Oxford Review of Education. (doi:10.1080/03054985.2018.1551195).

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Abstract

UK Sure Start Children’s Centres (SSCCs) aim to lessen behavioural disorders yet we lack evidence concerning how this is achieved. This study evaluates one possible mechanism: improved home learning environments (HLEs). Data come from a longitudinal study of 2,568 families and children recruited at mean age 14 months from 117 SSCCs in England in 2012. Behavioural disorders were measured at 38 months via the Strengths and Difficulties Questionnaire. HLEs were measured at 14 and 38 months via parental interview. Families’ use of SSCCs were measured via parental interview at 14, 22, and 38 months. This study suggests that the use of SSCCs is associated with fewer preschool behavioural disorders via intermediate changes to the quality of home learning environments. Implications are discussed for social policies and for early years’ professionals.

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Accepted/In Press date: 31 October 2018
e-pub ahead of print date: 1 February 2019
Keywords: Sure Start Children’s Centres, home learning environment, behavioural disorders, internalising problems, externalising problems, early intervention

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Local EPrints ID: 427073
URI: https://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/427073
ISSN: 0305-4985
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ORCID for James Hall: ORCID iD orcid.org/0000-0001-8002-0922

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Date deposited: 21 Dec 2018 16:30
Last modified: 14 Mar 2019 01:25

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Author: James Hall ORCID iD
Author: Pam Sammons
Author: Rebecca Smees
Author: Kathy Sylva
Author: Maria Evangelou
Author: Jenny Goff
Author: Teresa Smith
Author: George Smith

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