Study of Early Education and Development (SEED): Study of Quality of Early Years Provision in England


Edward Melhuish - University of Oxford and Birkbeck, University of London, Julian Gardiner - University of Oxford. 

The Study of Early Education and Development (SEED) is a major longitudinal study that investigates the impact of early childhood education and care (ECEC) on children’s school readiness and longer-term outcomes, including its impact on the most disadvantaged children.

Early publications from the longitudinal SEED study indicated that ECEC at age two is associated with improvement in children’s cognitive and socio-emotional development at age three (DfE, 2017). This finding is in line with previous findings from the Effective Pre- school, Primary and Secondary Education (EPPSE) study, which found that ECEC continues to relate to improved cognitive and socio-emotional development through primary and secondary school (Sylva et al., 2008; 2012)......


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