Fieldwork begins for age 11 survey of the Millennium Cohort Study

7 February 2012

Interviewing has begun for the age 11 survey of the Millennium Cohort Study (MCS). Over the course of the year, thousands of children and their families across England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland will be visited for the fifth time.

The age 11 survey, carried out for CLS by Ipsos MORI, will shed light on how the millennium children have grown and developed between the ages of 7 and 11. The survey will gather information about their activities and aspirations, their educational development and how they feel about the move to secondary school. It will also provide insight into the family life of this generation’s children.

The age 11 survey consists of questionnaires for cohort members and both their parents, along with direct assessments and measurements of the children. Previous surveys have taken place when these same children were aged around nine months, 3 years, 5 years and 7 years old. The data from the first four surveys is available from the UK Data Archive. Data from the age 11 survey will be made available in 2013.

The Millennium Cohort Study has been tracing the lives of over 19,000 children born in 2000-2001. It has provided new and important insights and policy-relevant findings on children’s physical and cognitive development, and in particular how that varies across children from different backgrounds. The study aims to continue following the cohort children into adolescence and adulthood.
For more information on previous surveys, visit

To access MCS data, visit the UK Data Archive.

Is your child a cohort member? Visit the Child of the New Century members’ site.

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