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The changing face of early childhood in Britain

A series that brings together the research evidence on early childhood in the UK and presents recommendations for policy and practice, as well as priorities for research.

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We will publish robust and accessible summaries of research to generate an informed debate on early childhood based on what the collective evidence tells us.

We will provide a forum for further engagement through our events programme and publish additional commentary to explore the questions raised in more depth.

The series will be useful for anyone with an interest in early childhood, including those working in central government, statutory agencies, devolved administrations and local authorities. The series will also be relevant to social investors and practice leaders in the public, private and voluntary sectors, including those working in early years provision and childcare, public health, schools, children’s social services, GPs and health professionals.

The first research summary will be published in autumn 2020, with several more over the following year. Topics covered will include:

  • How are the lives of young children changing?
  • Changing patterns of poverty and vulnerability in early childhood
  • The role of early years and childcare provision in shaping life-chances
  • Parents and the home
  • Are young children’s lives improving? Are they healthier and happier?
  • Bringing up the next generation


Nuffield Foundation team


  • Cross Cutting Project Lead, Early Childhood
  • Researcher

  • Researcher

Our advisory group


Our advisory group has been brought together to act as a sounding board for the early childhood series; to help ensure the quality and relevance of the outputs and activities and to help us widen our reach and impact. The group will provide an opportunity to exchange knowledge and expert opinion on early childhood from research, policy and practice perspectives.

  • Children’s Commission England
  • EasyPeasy, formerly Nesta and Demos
  • Early Intervention Foundation
  • Sheringham Nursery School and Children’s Centre
  • London School of Economics, CASE
  • Department for Education
  • Department for Education
  • CASE, London School of Economics, Bryson Purdon Social Research
  • Bright Blue
  • London Borough of Barking and Dagenham

  • Imperial College London and Nuffield Trust

Publications in this series

Coming soon

Education | Welfare | 2020

Introducing the changing face of early childhood series

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Education | Welfare | 2020

How are the lives of families with young children changing?

Coming soon

Education | Welfare | 2020

Changing patterns of poverty and vulnerability in early childhood

Coming soon

Education | Welfare | 2020

The role of early years and childcare provision in shaping life-chances

Coming soon

Education | Welfare | 2020

Parents and the home

Coming soon

Education | Welfare | 2020

Are young children’s lives improving? Are they healthier and happier?

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