We are developing a number of case studies to showcase our work with practitioners and to highlight the importance of good quality monitoring, evaluation and training in the early years.
The Oldham REAL Beginnings Project
Kimberley Bell, Stephanie Hargreaves and Anna Theakston, University of Manchester
Oldham Council, the National Children’s Bureau (NCB) and Bridgewater Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust worked in collaboration to deliver the Oldham 0-2 REAL Beginnings project. LuCiD researchers evaluated the effect of the programme on children’s development and parents’ and practitioners’ confidence in supporting them. This case study details the 0-2 REAL Beginnings project.
The Sefton Project
Lauren Kidd and Caroline Rowland, University of Liverpool
Sefton Local Authority School Readiness Team enlisted researchers from the ESRC LuCiD Centre to test the effectiveness of their language and communicative development training of early years practitioners. This case study details the project and highlights the importance of evaluating early years training and interventions.
Julian Pine, Claire Noble and Caroline Rowland
University of Liverpool
LuCiD has joined forces with reading charities, Beanstalk and Dolly Parton's Imagination Library UK to develop a joint book reading intervention and test its effectiveness in increasing the language skills of disadvantaged 3 and 4 year olds. This case study outlines the project and emphasises that to develop evidence-based interventions that are effective in the real world, we need to think about the likely effects of an intervention and how to measure these from the outset.