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Foundations for Life: What Works to Support Parent Child Interaction in the Early Years

By OnePlusOne, 08 August 2016

This report is an assessment by the Early Intervention Foundation of 75 early intervention programmes aimed at improving child outcomes through positive parent child interactions in the early years.

Research repeatedly supports that the first five years of life are a significant period in human development. Young children thrive in environments that are safe, predictable and responsive to their needs. Children struggle, however, in environments that are neglectful, unpredictable or overwhelming. It is a child’s parents or carers that create and maintain an appropriate environment for growth and development.

This review from the Early Intervention Foundation (EIF) is about how to help parents improve how they relate, engage, communicate, play and live with children so as to improve children’s experience of childhood and hopefully enhance their capability to flourish and avoid harm. In this report, the EIF has assessed programmes available to UK commissioners, rather than considering programmes from around the world.

This is also the first time that EIF have used their own robust methods for rating the evidence and costs of early intervention programmes. The details of some of the programmes reviewed here will also be included in their virtual Guidebook of Programmes, which will be updated later this year.

Read the full report from the Early Intervention Foundation.

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