ERIC Number: ED469538
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2002-May
Reference Count: N/A
Mapping Sure Start Scotland.
Cunningham-Burley, Sarah; Jamieson, Lynn; Morton, Sarah; Adam, Rachel; McFarlane, Vivienne
Sure Start Scotland is part of a broader action program for children from birth to age three and their families with the objectives of improving children's social and emotional development, health, and ability to learn, as well as strengthening families and communities. This summary report details a "mapping" project to identify services for young children from birth to age three and their families which have developed as a result of Sure Start Scotland funding and describe the way Sure Start Scotland has influenced existing services. Information was obtained through analysis of data provided by local authorities regarding Sure Start Scotland planning and service provision, telephone interviews with an officer in each local authority, and telephone interviews with 16 service providers. The report outlines the characteristics of Sure Start Scotland provision and identifies some key issues arising from the research. The report includes services developed under Sure Start Scotland, a discussion of partnership issues, consideration of data about service use, and a delineation of factors identified as having helped or hindered the development of Sure Start Scotland programs. It is noted that Sure Start Scotland is seen as a major impetus for change, has led to new and improved services, and has altered the focus of work with young children in most authorities. The mapping process also revealed a complex and dynamic picture of service development and service use with the program being developed to suit local circumstances. The report concludes with recommendations for the program. Appended is a list of assumptions made in quantifying the benefits of Sure Start Scotland and a list of the service providers interviewed. (KB)
Descriptors: Child Health, Cognitive Development, Early Intervention, Emotional Development, Family Programs, Foreign Countries, Infants, Preschool Education, Program Descriptions, Social Development, Toddlers
SEED Research Unit, Scottish Executive Education Department, Room 1B Dockside, Victoria Quay, Edinburgh EH6 6QQ, Scotland. For full text: http://www.scotland.gov.uk/edru/.
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Scottish Executive Education Dept., Edinburgh.
Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom (Scotland)