This book documents the first five years of life of the children of the influential Millennium Cohort Study, which is tracking almost 19,000 babies born in 2000 and 2001 in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. This book is the second in a series of books which will report on the findings from the data and follows on from Children of the 21st century: From birth to nine months (The Policy Press, 2005). It takes an extended look at the children's lives and development as they grow and begin formal education, and the implications for family policy, and service planning in health and social services.
The chapters in this book are written by experts across a wide range of social science and health fields and form a unique look at the early lives of children that cuts across disciplinary boundaries. It is essential reading for academics, students and researchers in these fields. It will also be of relevance to policy makers and practitioners with an interest in children's early years, family life, child development, child poverty, childcare and education and health care.
This book documents the early lives of almost 19,000 children born in the UK at the start of the 21st century, and their families. It is the first time that analysis of data from the hugely important Millennium Cohort Study, a longitudinal study following the progress of the children and their families, has been drawn together in a single volume. The unrivalled data is examined here to address important policy and scientific issues. The book is also the first in a series of publications that will report on the children’s lives at different stages of their development.
The fascinating range of findings presented here is strengthened by comparison with data on earlier generations. This has enabled the authors to assess the impact of a wide range of policies on the life courses of a new generation, including policies on child health, parenting, childcare and social exclusion.
Babies of the new millennium (title tbc) is the product of an exciting collaboration from experts across a wide range of health and social science fields. The result is a unique and authoritative analysis of family life and early childhood in the UK that cuts across old disciplinary boundaries. It is essential reading for academics, students and researchers in the health and social sciences. It will also be a useful resource for policy makers and practitioners who are interested in childhood, child development, child poverty, child health, childcare and family policy.
159 Children’s development in the family environment SIX Children’s development in the family environment Ingrid Schoon, Amanda Sacker, Steven Hope, Stephen Collishaw and Barbara Maughan The first year of life is increasingly regarded as a ‘critical’ stage of a child’s development and of emerging family relationships (Carnegie, 1994). The most frequently studied early indicators of child development include biological factors such as illness at birth, low birthweight and physical disability. In this chapter, we focus on indicators of early child development as
maternally reported injuries in infancy. An increasing proportion of deaths during childhood are due to injuries, and injuries are also a major cause of long-term disability and ill health. Every year, around 500,000 children under the age of five are taken to hospital after an accident or injury (DTI Home and Leisure Accident Surveillance System [HASS], 2003). Most injuries to children under the age of four occur in the home, and so risks associated with the quality of housing and use of safety equipment are important in this age group. Injuries in infancy reflect the
very difficult to manage – 10.2% of all families. 4. Receiving means-tested benefits. Another useful indicator of living on a low family income was being in receipt of state benefits. Information was available on the receipt of Income Support, Jobseekers’ Allowance (JSA), Housing Benefit, Working Families Tax Credit (WFTC) and Disability Living Allowance (DLA). With the exceptions of contributory JSA and DLA, the other benefits are all based on a means test of household income. The overlap in receipt of these benefits is substantial in some cases (Table 3.4). Being