Early Years

Early Intervention and Supporting Families in the Early Years

Resources

Payment by Results for Sure Start Children's Centres, pilot evaluation (2011)
The National Foundation for Educational Research (NFER) worked with the National Children’s Bureau (NCB) on the first research study on Payment by Results (PbR) for children’s centres. The study, commissioned by the Children’s Improvement Board, provided an assessment of the measures that could be used to pay local authorities according to their success in improving outcomes for the most disadvantaged children and families.
Feasibility study for the trials of Payment by Results for children's centres

Targeting children's centre services on the most needy families (2011)
This research aimed to provide local authority early years’ and children’s services leaders, and children’s centre managers with evidence of how children’s centre services are targeting the most disadvantaged families. It involved a rapid review of research and policy, together with case studies in six English local authorities.
Targeting children's centre services on the most needy families

Integrated Children's Centres Research (2010)
In June 2008 the NFER was commissioned by BIG to undertake an evaluation of the impact of ICCs. The overarching aim of the research was to assess the ICCs’ impact on the social and economic development of the communities they serve.
Evaluation of Integrated Children’s Centres in Wales

Improving the wellbeing of disabled children and their families through increasing quality and range of early years interventions (2009)
This scoping study for C4EO focuses on improving the wellbeing of disabled children up to age of eight and their families by increasing the quality and range of early years interventions.
Improving the wellbeing of disabled children through early years interventions

Centre for Excellence and Outcomes (C4EO) reviews (2008-2009)
As part of the C4EO work on early years, NFER have produced a scoping review and a knowledge review analysing existing knowledge and evidence. The knowledge review will be updated as the theme progresses.
Scoping review (November 2008)
Knowledge review 1 (January 2009)
For further information also see the C4EO Early Years theme page

Narrowing the gap in outcomes: early years (0-5) (2008)
Report commissioned by the Local Government Association (LGA) to inform the DCSF work on 'Narrowing the Gap', focusing on early years provision.
Narrowing the gap in outcomes: early years (0-5)

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