Welcome to our news and blogs. Here you’ll find the latest developments and insights from across our four longitudinal studies.
Smoking during pregnancy and being overweight before becoming pregnant account for around 40 per cent of the social divide in childhood obesity rates.
Some groups of mixed ethnicity children experience an increase in behaviour problems as they are growing up, according to a new study.
Children who are born prematurely not only tend to perform worse academically but also appear to accumulate less wealth as adults, according to a new study.
More than four in five fathers still have contact with their child after they have separated from their partner, according to new research. However, dads who were more involved with parenting before a break-up are more likely to play a bigger role in their child’s future upbringing. The study, conducted by the University of Kent […]
People with good motor coordination at 10 years old tend to spend less time in front of screens – either computer or TV – in adolescence and middle-age. They are also more likely to be physically active in their early 40s.
Should all children be allowed to delay their entry to school, or should that option only be available to those born in the summer?
Reading for pleasure during childhood has a substantial influence on a person’s vocabulary 30 years later.
Children with a disability are more likely to be born into disadvantaged families than their non-disabled peers, according to new findings from the Millennium Cohort Study (MCS).
Children who read for pleasure are likely to do significantly better at school than their peers, according to new research from the Institute of Education.
Going to bed at different times every night curbs children’s brain power and may affect health in adult life, suggests new research using Millennium Cohort Study data. Researchers at University College London (UCL) looked at whether bedtimes in early childhood were related to brain power in more than 11,000 seven-year-olds. They compared the children’s bedtimes […]
Children’s literacy, maths ability and behaviour are not on average harmed if their mothers go out to work during the first years of their lives, a leading researcher said today. Data from earlier UK studies had indicated a small disadvantage in literacy among children born before the mid-1990s whose mothers had worked in their early […]
Light drinking during pregnancy does not affect a child’s behavioural or mental development, according to new research using data from the Millennium Cohort Study
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