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The impact of early-years provision in Children’s Centres (EPICC) on child cognitive and socio-emotional development : study protocol for a randomised controlled trial

dc.contributor.authorMurray, Lynneen_ZA
dc.contributor.authorJennings, Susieen_ZA
dc.contributor.authorMortimer, Aliciaen_ZA
dc.contributor.authorProut, Amberen_ZA
dc.contributor.authorMelhuish, Edwarden_ZA
dc.contributor.authorHughes, Claireen_ZA
dc.contributor.authorDuncan, Johnen_ZA
dc.contributor.authorHolmes, Jonien_ZA
dc.contributor.authorDishington, Corinneen_ZA
dc.contributor.authorCooper, Peter J.en_ZA
dc.date.accessioned2018-08-27T05:45:18Z
dc.date.available2018-08-27T05:45:18Z
dc.date.issued2018-08-22
dc.identifier.citationMurray, L., et al. 2018. The impact of early-years provision in Children’s Centres (EPICC) on child cognitive and socio-emotional development : study protocol for a randomised controlled trial. Trials, 19:450, doi:10.1186/s13063-018-2700-x
dc.identifier.issn1745-6215 (online)
dc.identifier.otherdoi:10.1186/s13063-018-2700-x
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10019.1/104348
dc.descriptionCITATION: Murray, L., et al. 2018. The impact of early-years provision in Children’s Centres (EPICC) on child cognitive and socio-emotional development : study protocol for a randomised controlled trial. Trials, 19:450, doi:10.1186/s13063-018-2700-x.
dc.descriptionThe original publication is available at https://trialsjournal.biomedcentral.com
dc.description.abstractBackground: There are marked disparities between pre-school children in key skills affecting school readiness, disparities that commonly persist and influence children’s later academic achievements, employment, and adjustment. Much of this disparity is linked to socio-economic disadvantage and its impact on the home learning environment. Children’s Centres are an ideal context in which to implement and evaluate programmes to address this problem. They principally serve the 30% worst areas on the Indices of Deprivation Affecting Children, providing for families from the antenatal period up to age 5 years, aiming to promote parenting skills and provide care for children. Methods: We are conducting a randomised controlled trial, based in Children Centres, to evaluate a parenting intervention for caregivers of children between 28 and 45 months of age. The intervention provides training to parents in dialogic book-sharing. The training is run by a facilitator who sees parents in small groups, on a weekly basis over 7 weeks. The study is a cluster randomised controlled trial. Twelve of the Children’s Centres in the town of Reading in the UK have been randomly assigned to an index or control condition. The primary outcome is child cognition (language, attention, and executive function); and secondary outcomes are child social development, behaviour problems, and emotion regulation, parenting during book-sharing and problem solving and parental child behaviour management strategies. Data are collected at baseline, post-intervention and 4–6 months post-intervention. Discussion: The Impact of Early-years Provision in Children’s Centres trial (EPICC) aims to evaluate the impact of an early parenting intervention on several key risk factors for compromised child development, including aspects of parenting and child cognition, social development, behaviour problems and emotion regulation. The study is being carried out in Children’s Centres, which largely serve the most disadvantaged families in the UK. Since the intervention is brief and, with modest levels of training, readily deliverable within Children’s Centres and similar early childcare provision centres, demonstration that it is of benefit to child cognition, socio-emotional development and behaviour would be important.
dc.description.urihttps://trialsjournal.biomedcentral.com/articles/10.1186/s13063-018-2700-x
dc.format.extent11 pagesen_ZA
dc.language.isoen_ZAen_ZA
dc.publisherBioMed Centralen_ZA
dc.subjectEarly child developmenten_ZA
dc.subjectDay care centersen_ZA
dc.subjectCognition in childrenen_ZA
dc.subjectSocial psychology in childrenen_ZA
dc.subjectEarly childhood educationen_ZA
dc.titleThe impact of early-years provision in Children’s Centres (EPICC) on child cognitive and socio-emotional development : study protocol for a randomised controlled trialen_ZA
dc.typeArticleen_ZA
dc.date.updated2018-08-26T03:21:47Z
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