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Sir Michael Marmot's
IHE team

An Equal Start: Improving outcomes in Children's Centres

Report abstract

The Institute of Health Equity was commissioned by 4Children to identify the most important outcomes Children’s Centres should be striving for in order to give all children positive early-years experiences.

 The IHE have published both an executive summary (which includes the outcomes framework), and a full evidence review, which call for a renewed focus on supporting good parenting and the environment in which parents live and work.

The work builds on existing frameworks and draws together the best available evidence of what is important in early years, the views of practitioners and parents, and the work that government continues to take forward around the early years.

 Moving on, the Institute will be involved in further work with Children’s Centres to help ensure that the outcomes framework  becomes a useful tool which also identifies how best to measures these outcomes.

Both documents are available to download in pdf form above.

 The press release is available here.

In March 2014, IHE published 'Measuring What Matters: A Guide for Children's Centres', which provides a suite of indicators to measure children's outcomes, based on this report.

By Institute of Health Equity Jul 2012