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Changes in Early Learning and Childcare Use and Outcomes at Age 5: Comparing Two Growing Up in Scotland Cohorts

Changes in Early Learning and Childcare Use and Outcomes at Age 5: Comparing Two Growing Up in Scotland Cohorts

Friday, December 22, 2017

ISBN: 9781788514361

This report uses Growing Up in Scotland data to assess a) how early learning and childcare (ELC) use and provision in Scotland changed between 2008/09 and 2014; b) whether there were any changes in 5 year olds’ developmental outcomes, and c) whether there was a relationship between ELC use and 5 year olds’ development.

Executive Summary

This report assesses how early learning and childcare (ELC) use and provision in Scotland changed between 2008/09 and 2014 – including whether the increased entitlement to funded ELC (from 475 to 600 hours per year) which came into force in August 2014 appeared to have any immediate effects on ELC use among eligible 3-4 year olds. It also looks at how ELC use and provision differed for children living in different types of areas and with different social background characteristics.

Furthermore, using hitherto unreported data collected in 2015 when children in BC2 were aged 5, the report explores whether there had been any changes in outcomes among 5 year olds since 2009/10 when children in BC1 were the same age.

Finally, the report explores associations between, on the one hand, the average weekly number of hours children spent at their main ELC provider and characteristics of the ELC setting, and, on the other hand, children’s cognitive and social development at age 5, as well as their adjustment to primary school.