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|Title: ||A Baseline Study of Outcome Indicators for Early Years Policies in Scotland|
|Authors: ||Wasoff, Fran|
|Issue Date: ||Jun-2004|
|Publisher: ||Scottish Government|
|Series/Report no.: ||Final Report|
|Abstract: ||The indicator study involved analysis of data on a range of ‘indicators’ identified in a previous feasibility study as relevant to the early years’ policy objectives.
A number of indicators related to health and pre-school education were identified.
However, data were not available on family functioning, parents’ ability to find employment
or issues of capacity and working practices within the systems of service provision. The
absence of such data implies that we cannot use existing indicators to assess if early years
policies have met their objectives in relation to these issues.
Analysis reveals that there have been some small improvements in health indicators
since 1999 – including increased rates of breastfeeding and reduced maternal smoking.
Encouragingly, these health gains appear to have been greatest among those in the most
deprived groups – on which many early years’ initiatives are focused. Rates of primary
immunisations have increased among the most deprived groups, while experiencing no
There has been no real change in levels of infant mortality, accidental injuries or
deaths, dental decay and low birth weight babies. It is too early to tell whether there have
been changes in levels of obesity or under-nutrition. There has been a notable decline in rates
of MMR immunisation.
There has been a dramatic increase in children attending pre-school provision since
1999 and an increase in staff numbers associated with this. The highest rates of pre-school
provision at age 3, are among those in the most deprived areas. A rise in attendance at Family
Centres is particularly evident among those in more deprived areas, where some of these
facilities have been targeted.|
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