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Preparing for motherhood

08 April 2015

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...

Opinion: Breast benefits

19 March 2015

Why does britain have such low rates of breastfeeding compared with countries such as norway and sweden? Amanda sacker, professor of lifecourse studies, explores why an earlier increase in breastfeedi...

The best days of our lives?

13 January 2015

The quality of sibling relationships is key to children's sense of wellbeing, shows research from understanding society

Free lunch improving school results

20 September 2013

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 lunc...

More childcare for grandparents

25 July 2013

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 su...

Teaching complex language through storytelling

14 May 2013

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

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