Dr Kitty StewartLondon School of Economics
Dr Ludovica GambaroUniversity College London
This project will examine the patterns, drivers, and outcomes of segregation by socioeconomic group and ethnicity in early education.
The team will use data from the National Pupil Database to do three things:
- Examine the extent of segregation in early education for three- and four-year-olds in England, both in relation to socio-economic background and in relation to ethnicity.
- Explore the extent to which these patterns simply reflect geographical segregation, and the extent to which they are exacerbated by differences in the nature of provision in different settings (such as different opening hours and fees for additional hours).
- Link children’s data longitudinally to explore the association between pre-school peer group and outcomes at Key Stage 1 (age 7), holding other child and setting characteristics constant.
Why does this matter?
There is some evidence to support the idea that peer effects are relevant to early child development, in particular in relation to language acquisition. If this is so, the composition of early education settings is an important feature of provision, which is likely to influence children’s outcomes, especially those of disadvantaged children. But there is much less research on the existence of peer effects for preschool age children than for older children and adolescents, and there has been no systematic attempt to map the extent of segregation across early education settings in England. This project aims to address that.
Latest on this project
Full report - Inequalities in the experience of early education in England: Access, peer groups and transitions - CASE.casepaper214.pdf626.92KB 01 June 19
Summary - Inequalities in the experience of early education in England: Access, peer groups and transitions - CASE.casebrief36.pdf190.93KB 01 June 19
'Universal' early education: who benefits? Patterns in take-up of the entitlement to free early education among three-year-olds in England - British Educational Research Journal.https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/abs/10.1002/berj.344507 June 18
Blog - Closing the gap in access to free 'universal' early education: What affects participation among low-income families? The BERA Blog.https://www.bera.ac.uk/blog/closing-the-gap-in-access-to-free-universal-early-education-what-affects-participation-among-low-income-families17 July 18