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Meeting the needs of children from birth to three : research evidence and implications for out-of-home provision

Stephen, C. and Dunlop, Aline-Wendy and Trevarthen, C. and Marwick, Helen M. (2003) Meeting the needs of children from birth to three : research evidence and implications for out-of-home provision. [Report]

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Abstract

In 2001 the Scottish Executive Education Department (SEED) commissioned Professor Colwyn Trevarthen and a team of colleagues to review the research evidence on the development of children from birth to three years old, and to consider the implications of that evidence for the provision of care outwith the home. Incorporating the findings of 30 years of intensive academic research on the development of communication and thinking in infants and toddlers, the review provided an overview of the ways in which adults can contribute to children's development from the earliest stages, the kinds of adult attention and care that are beneficial and the characteristics of out-of-home provision that meets young children's changing needs. This Insight report offers an overview of the conclusions reached in the review, paying particular attention to the implications of the evidence for practitioners and policy makers.