Five early years programmes from across Europe featured in a paper that was published in the International Journal for Equity in Health.
The study on early childhood development identified case studies from Romania, Hungary, Austria and the UK. The paper “Interventions to reduce inequalities in health and early child development in Europe from a qualitative perspective” is a result of the DRIVERS project.
Early years interventions are designed to reduce inequalities in health and development and their social determinants. The case studies in the four countries offered insights into the impact of early child initiatives on different domains of early child development, namely; cognitive, communication and language, social and emotional and physical.
The objective of this study was to identify early years interventions in different European country contexts and assess their effectiveness in reducing inequalities in health and development through action on the social determinants of health.
DRIVERS is a three-year research project funded by the 7th Framework Programme and coordinated by Eurochild and EuroHealthNet. It aimed to promote health equity through policy and practice in early childhood development, employment & working conditions, and income & social protection.
Read the paper here