ESRI Survey and Statistical Report Series

Growing Up in Ireland: The Lives of Five-Year-Olds

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February 21, 2019
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This report is concerned with the younger of the two cohorts in the Growing Up in Ireland study (Cohort ’08). It is based mainly on data collected from this cohort at five years of age in 2013, but also drawing on data collected when the Study Children were aged three and when they were nine months old. The report contains five chapters of results, covering: the socio-economic circumstances of the families in which the five-year-olds live and child outcomes in the study’s core domains of health, socio-emotional development (including relationship with parents) and school/cognitive development. The report also discusses some of the key findings in light of two key policy documents concerning children: Better Outcomes, Brighter Futures: The National Policy Framework for Children & Young People 2014-2020 (Department of Children and Youth Affairs, 2014) and First 5: A Whole-of-Government Strategy for Babies, Young Children and their Families 2019-2028 (Government of Ireland, 2018).