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Seminar by Dr James Hall (University of Exeter) 'National evidence of how Sure Start Children's Centres combat disadvantage in the early years'

This talk presents evidence regarding the impacts that Sure Start Children's Centres can have upon children, mothers, and families.

Evidence is drawn from the DfE-funded Evaluation of Children's Centres in England (ECCE) Project - a £3M 5-year longitudinal evaluation of 128 Sure Start Children’s Centres and 3,000 families and children (aged 1-3 years). The talk discusses the common ways that Children's Centres operate, how families tend to use them, and the benefits that can come from this engagement. Disadvantaged families benefit most, which means that austerity cuts to Children’s Centres pose a particular threat to these families.

Event details

Dr James Hall is a lecturer at the University of Exeter Graduate School of Education and a member of the Centre for Special Educational Needs and Disability.  Between 2009 and 2015 he was Lead Analyst on the Evaluation of Children's Centres in England (ECCE) Project.  A psychologist by background, James carries out research at the intersection of developmental psychology and educational effectiveness with a particular focus on children's Social Emotional Mental Health.

A recording of this presentation is available on the intranet.


Baring Court 114