> Children's Centres: their impact on children and families (Dec 2015) - part of the DfE-funded Evaluation of Children's Centres in England (ECCE) study.
The study concluded that children's centres benefitted families in a range of ways, and that there were three particular characteristics of children's centres that promoted better child, mother and family outcomes:
- Offering more named programmes for families predicted better outcomes for certain child behaviours and family outcomes, including the early home learning environment.
- Centres that were maintaining or increasing services (rather than cutting or re-structuring) had better outcomes for mothers and family.
- Multi-agency working seemed to be beneficial for some child and family outcomes.