Child Development

Transforming research on cognitive, social & emotional development and family dynamics into policy and practice.

Latest Research

Articles from leading researchers, knowledge updates and more.

“Educators, parents and policy makers should all be concerned at the rapid decline in unsupervised free play for children, which may damage early child development and later social and emotional learning.”

Stuart BrownFounder and President of National Institute for Play, California, USA

An Assorted Pick

Child Development (Ages 4-12)

Shared custody increases contact with grandparents, who may help children cope with divorce

Contact with paternal grandparents rises when compared to sole mother residence, while contact with maternal grandparents remains largely unchanged. Divorce often reduces children’s contact with…
relationship before birth
Early Childhood Development (Ages 0-3)

Disturbed parental relationship linked to toddlers being less able to manage their emotions

New research has found links between parents’ poor relationship during pregnancy, being unresponsive to a child’s distress eight months after the birth, poor coparenting at…
emotions and kindness
Early Childhood Development (Ages 0-3)

Be kind – but also talk about emotions – to shape a caring toddler

Very young children are more tuned into others than you may think. Explaining needs and feelings helps them understand emotions and care for others. Mom…
learning baby
Cognitive Development
Quality of home learning environment before age 3 is strongly tied to academic performance at 10-11
childcare, trust and fertility
Child Development (Ages 4-12)
More trust breeds higher fertility
school poverty
Child Development (Ages 4-12)
Growing family income gap in US linked to increasing gap in children’s completed education
Mother at work
Cognitive Development
Mothers going back to work early doesn’t harm child development
Adolescent risk taking
Child Development (Ages 4-12)
Teenage risk taking and the social influence of friends may reflect maturing of the adolescent brain
on-line parenting programmes
Child Development (Ages 4-12)
On-line parenting programmes offer opportunity to widen access to support

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