Children can become fearful of harmless things, including a simple flower, just from the facial expression of an adult, according to a new ESRC-funded study.
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The ESRC-funded Institute for Fiscal Studies has participated in research which confirms that free school meals seem to increase attainment. The Government has recently announced that free school lunches will be introduced for all pupils at infant schools in England from next September.
Only half of seven-year-old children in the UK achieve the recommended levels of physical activity, MCS data has revealed.
The number of children looked after by grandparents, and the length of time that grandparents spend on childcare is rising according to a study using data from the ESRC-funded Understanding Society survey.
Not having a set bedtime may disrupt healthy brain development in children, according to a study in the Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health which draws on ESRC-funded research.
Considerable research on women's experiences of motherhood has been undertaken over the past 30 years, while women's lives and maternity services have changed dramatically. Several ESRC-funded studies have explored factors influencing modern motherhood.
A pioneering ESRC study by linguistics researchers has shown that 'story time' in primary schools can be used as a subtle way to introduce complex language structures to young children.
More than a quarter of young people are growing up in families that face multiple challenges - with potentially damaging effects on children's development.
An ESRC-funded study investigating the long-term outcomes of babies being fed on schedule versus on demand has revealed that babies who are fed on demand perform academically better during childhood than their schedule-fed peers.
Migrant women maintain their emotional and parenting bond with left-behind children through frequent use of new media - including mobile phone, texting, email, webcam calls and instant messaging.