Data from the fourth follow-up of the Millennium Cohort Study, which took place in 2008/9 when cohort members were around 7 years old, is now available from the UK Data Archive.
The data release includes parents’ and guardians’ responses to questions on such topics as: child development and behaviour, parents’ health, education and childcare, family demographics, family relationships and parenting, child health, social and community context, and parental employment and income.
A wide range of information on the children’s educational and social development is also provided. The age 7 sweep included assessments of reading, maths and pattern construction. The children also answered a self-completion questionnaire on their likes and dislikes.
A survey of the children’s teachers provided further insights into cohort members’ abilities and behaviour, as well as information on the school and class.
More than 13,800 families with over 14,000 children took part in MCS4, which covered England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.