No more baby steps: a strategy for revolutionising childcare

The Institute for Public Policy Research (IPPR) has published plans for how the UK can move towards a universal, high-quality and affordable system of childcare and early years provision. 

Based on research funded by the Nuffield Foundation, the proposals aim to meet three core objectives of public policy for the early years: 

June 23rd

New evidence on recurrent care proceedings

Approximately one in every three care applications concerns a mother who can be described as a repeat client of the family court according to initial findings from a study that captures the scale and pattern of recurrent care proceedings for the first time.

June 17th

"I got one of those wonderful things...a Nuffield Science Bursary"

Astronomer and presenter of BBC Four's The Sky at Night Chris Lintott is the subject of this week's The Life Scientific. Chris talks about how he received a Nuffield Science Bursary and spent a summer working on a project to study the movement of dust around young stars. 

May 21st

Disadvantaged three- and four-year-olds losing out on good quality nursery provision

Private and voluntary (not-for-profit) nurseries and preschools catering for disadvantaged areas and children are lower quality than those serving more advantaged areas and children, according to research undertaken by the University of Oxford and published by the Nuffield Foundation.

May 15th

Parenting interventions can improve children's conduct and literacy

A new study shows that parenting interventions can be successful in improving children's conduct and literacy both in the short and longer term.

May 1st

Family Drug and Alcohol Court more effective than ordinary care proceedings in treating parental substance misuse and reuniting families

A new approach to care proceedings that tackles the substance misuse of parents has been successful in reducing the number of children taken into care and enabling more families to remain together safely.

April 4th

Death to the death tax?

Last week the Prime Minister, David Cameron, stated that he would like to increase the inheritance tax threshold, reviving memories of the 2010 Conservative Party manifesto pledge to increase the threshold to £1 million.

March 31st

Independent Reviewing Officers not yet having desired impact on care planning

Independent Reviewing Officers (IROs) are prevented from realising high quality planning for children in care due to the challenges of making the role work in practice, according to a research published today by the National Children's Bureau and the Centre for Child and Family Research at Loughborough

March 26th

Counting them in: quantitative social science and the links between secondary and higher education

The first Q-Step conference, Counting them in: quantitative social science and the links between secondary and higher education was held on 17 March 2014. This one day event explored ways to strengthen quantitative social science training through the links between secondary and higher education.

March 18th

Nuffield students Ameeta and Aneeta Kumar win the UK Young Scientist of the Year competition

Congratulations to Nuffield Research Placement students, Ameeta and Aneeta Kumar, who were named joint winners of the UK Young Scientist of the Year competition at the Big Bang Fair at Birmingham NEC on Friday.