While A Better Start was being developed, the Social Research Unit at Dartington produced two ‘what works’ evidence reviews, making sure that the programme was building on the best available research.
The Science Within: What matters for child outcomes in the early years
The first of these, The science within: what matters for child outcomes in the early years, provides evidence from various fields to illustrate how adversity in a child’s home and wider environment translate into poorer outcomes in the areas of nutrition, language and social and emotional development.
What works in improving child outcomes in the early years
The second review is called What works in improving child outcomes in the early years. It provides an evidence-based review of activities that are aimed at improving nutritional, socioemotional, and language outcomes for children from conception to three years old.