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Cross Cohort Research Programme

1 July 2015

Incorporating seven projects, this programme explored two key themes which are both central to government policy: healthy lifestyles and the transmission of advantage and disadvantage from one generation to the next.

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Majority of fathers continue to see their child after separation, study finds

29 June 2015

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 […]

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Children with two left feet are more likely to become sedentary adults, study finds

28 June 2015

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.

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Longitudinal evidence features prominently in Education Select Committee’s investigation into summer-born children

4 March 2015

Should all children be allowed to delay their entry to school, or should that option only be available to those born in the summer?

Initial findings from the Millennium Cohort Study Age 11 Sweep

20 November 2014

The fifth MCS survey took place during 2012 when participants were aged 11. Our initial findings from the age 11 survey cover a range of themes, from family structure to child cognitive development.

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Long-term vocabulary benefits from ‘reading for pleasure’ in childhood

6 November 2014

Reading for pleasure during childhood has a substantial influence on a person’s vocabulary 30 years later.

Trajectories and transitions in the cognitive and educational development of disabled children and young people

30 June 2014

The aim of the research project was to enhance our understanding of disabled children’s early cognitive development and their subsequent educational transitions.

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Disabled children are more likely to be born into disadvantage, new research suggests

20 November 2013

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).

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Reading for pleasure puts children ahead in the classroom, study finds

11 September 2013

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.

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Irregular bedtimes curb young children’s brain power, new research suggests

9 July 2013

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 […]

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Children’s cognitive abilities relatively unaffected by having working mothers, latest analysis shows

11 June 2013

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 […]

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Light drinking in pregnancy does not harm babies, new evidence suggests

17 April 2013

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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