Department of Education

Edward Melhuish

Professor of Human Development

Edward Melhuish is Professor of Human Development at the University of Oxford, and Birkbeck, University of London.

He has undertaken research in 12 countries, and is currently undertaking large-scale longitudinal studies in Norway, the UK, and Australia involving family, community and pre-school influences on child development, and policy implications. He is also taking part in an EU-project (ISOTIS) on inequality in childhood involving 11 countries.

His studies contributed to social policy in the UK in the area of families, young children, early education and social disadvantage, including the 1989 Children Act, the 2005 Children Act, 2006 Childcare Bill and policy on childcare, early education, child poverty and parental support in the UK and other countries. He has served as an expert witness to several House of Commons Select Committees, and is a member of a Child Well-being working group of WHO, and the Human Capital and Economic Opportunity Working Group Early Childhood Interventions Group. With 300 publications, he has contributed to discussions of social policy for children in Norway, Germany, Netherlands, Belgium, Finland, Portugal, New Zealand, Australia, Japan, China, Korea, Chile, European Commission, OECD and WHO. He has been a scientific advisor to UK research funding agencies and also to many overseas research funding bodies: NWO (Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research); Academy of Finland; Nordic Research Councils for Humanities and Social Sciences; Portuguese Research Council (FCT); European Commission; Australian Research Council; Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (German Research Council). He is a Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences and in 2016 was awarded an OBE for Services to Social Sciences. Over many years he has acted as an advisor and consultant on a pro-bono basis to many charities and voluntary organisations involved with child well-being, including NSPCC, Save the Children, Action for Children, 4Children, BIG Lottery Fund, Early Years Ireland, Atlantic Philanthropies, National Children’s Bureau, Children in Wales, Early Intervention Fund, and Eurochild. He is a trustee of the WAVE trust and the Foundation Years Trust.

Funded Research Projects:

  • Study of Early Education and Development

  • 2014-2020

    funded by the Department for Education

  • ISOTIS

  • 2017-2019

    funded by the European Commission.

Publications:

  • Featured Publications

    • Melhuish, EC (2016) Provision of quality early childcare services: Synthesis Report. Brussels: European Commission.

    • Melhuish, EC (2016) Offre de services de qualité pour la petite enfance: Examen par les pairs en matière de protection sociale et d’inclusion sociale 2015-2016. Résumé, République tchèque. Brussels: European Commission.

    • Melhuish, EC (2016) Poskytování kvalitních služeb rané péče o děti: Krátká zprává, Česká Republika. Brussels: European Commission.

    • Melhuish, EC (2016) Provision of quality early childcare services: Short Report, Czech Republic. Brussels: European Commission.

    • Melhuish, EC, Sammons, P, Sylva, K, Siraj-Blatchford, I, Taggart, B (2015) “Home, Pre-school and Primary school effects when children are aged 11”, In: E Mallou (ed.) Kindergarten Teachers’s Handbook: Theory and Action. Athens:

    • Melhuish, EC (2014) “The Impact of Early Childhood Education and Care on Improved Wellbeing”, In: If you could do one thing…Nine local actions to reduce health inequalities. London: British Academy.

  • Books

    • Siraj, I, Kingston, D, Melhuish, E (2015) Assessing quality in early childhood education and care : Sustained shared thinking and emotional well-being (SSTEW) scale for 2-5-year-olds provision. IOE Press.

    • Siraj-Blatchford, I, Shepherd, D-L, Sammons, P, Taggart, B, Melhuish, EC, Sylva, K (2014) Effective Teachers in primary Schools: key research on pedagogy and children’s learning. Stoke on Trent: Trentham Books.

    • Europe, WHOROF (2013) Improving the Lives of Children and Young People Case Studies from Europe.

    • Melhuish, EC (2013) Improving the lives of children and young people: case studies from Europe. Volume 1. Early years. Copenhagen: WHO Regional Office for Europe.

    • Melhuish, EC (2013) Improving the lives of children and young people: Case studies from Europe: Volume 2. Childhood. Copenhagen: WHO Regional Office for Europe.

    • Melhuish, EC (2013) Improving the lives of children and young people: Case studies from Europe: Volume 3. School. Copenhagen: WHO Regional Office for Europe.

    • Melhuish, E, Petrogiannis, K (2006) Early childhood care and education: International perspectives.
      DOI: http://doi.org/10.4324/9780203967676

    • Melhuish, E, Petrogiannis, K (2006) Introducing international perspectives on early childhood care and education.
      DOI: http://doi.org/10.4324/9780203967676

  • Book chapters

    • Melhuish, EC, Sammons, P, Sylva, K, Siraj-Blatchford, I, Taggart, B (2015) “Home, Pre-school and Primary school effects when children are aged 11”, In: E Mallou (ed.) Kindergarten Teachers’s Handbook: Theory and Action. Athens:

    • Melhuish, EC (2014) “Early childhood environments: long-term consequences of early childhood education and parenting”, In: Early Years Education and Care New Issues for Practice from Research. Routledge.

    • Melhuish, EC (2014) “The Impact of Early Childhood Education and Care on Improved Wellbeing”, In: If you could do one thing…Nine local actions to reduce health inequalities. London: British Academy.

    • Eisenstadt, N, Melhuish, EC (2013) “Developments in early years services in the United Kingdom (England)”, In: V Barnekow, BB Jensen, C Currie, A Dyson, N Eisenstadt, E Melhuish (eds.) Improving the lives of children and young people: Case studies from Europe. Volume 1. Early Years. Copenhagen: WHO Regional Office for Europe. 50-58

    • Melhuish, EC (2013) “Die frühkindliche Umgebung: langfristige Effekte von frühkindlicher Bildung und Erziehung”, In: Frühe Bildung in der Familie Perspektiven der Familienbildung. Beltz Juventa.

    • Melhuish, EC (2013) “Acteurs, usagers et évaluation des dispositifs de prevention précoce: L’example des programmes EPPE et Sure Start au Royaume-Uni”, In: Les politiques de cohésion sociale Acteurs et instruments. Paris: Centre d’analyse stratégique. 130-136

    • Sylva, K, Chan, LLS, Melhuish, E, Sammons, PM, Siraj-Blatchford, I, Taggart, B (2011) “Emergent Literacy Environments: Home and Pre-school Influences on Children’s Literacy Development”, In: Handbook of Early Literacy Research Vol. 3. London: Institute of Education. 97-117

    • Sylva, K, Chan, L, Sammons, PM, Melhuish, E, Siraj-Blatchford, I, Taggart, B (2011) “Emergent Literacy Environments: Home and Preschool Influences on Children’s Literacy Development”, In: Handbook of Early Literacy Research. New York: Guilford Press.

    • Friedman, SL, Melhuish, E, Hill, C (2010) “Childcare Research at the Dawn of a New Millennium: An Update”, In: The Wiley-Blackwell Handbook of Infant Development: Second Edition. 359-379
      DOI: http://doi.org/10.1002/9781444327588.ch14

    • Melhuish, E, Belsky, J, Barnes, J (2010) “Child health and well-being in the early years: The National Evaluation of Sure Start”, In: Evidence-Based Public Health: Effectiveness and Efficiency.
      DOI: http://doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199563623.003.013

    • Melhuish, E (2006) “Policy and research on preschool care and education in the UK”, In: Early Childhood Care and Education: International Perspectives. 43-64
      DOI: http://doi.org/10.4324/9780203967676

    • Melhuish, E, Petrogiannis, K (2006) “An international overview of early childhood care and education”, In: Early Childhood Care and Education: International Perspectives. 167-177
      DOI: http://doi.org/10.4324/9780203967676

  • Conference papers

    • Evangelou, M, Sammons, P, Taggart, B, Sylva, K, Melhuish, E, Siraj, I What makes a successful transition from primary to secondary school in England?. (Limassol, Cyprus)

    • Evangelou, M, Taggart, B, Sylva, K, Melhuish, E, Sammons, P, Siraj-Blatchford, I What makes a Successful Transition from Primary to Secondary School?. (Edinburgh)

    • Evangelou, M, Taggart, B, Sylva, K, Melhuish, E, Sammons, P, Siraj-Blatchford, I EPPE 3-14: Transition between primary & secondary school: Evidence from the Effective Pre-school, Primary and Secondary Education Project.

  • Journal articles

    • Sammons, P, Toth, K, Sylva, K, Melhuish, E, Siraj, I, Taggart, B (2015) “The long-term role of the home learning environment in shaping students' academic attainment in secondary school”, Journal of Children's Services. 10(3) 189-201.
      DOI: http://doi.org/10.1108/JCS-02-2015-0007

    • Cline, JI, Belsky, J, Li, Z, Melhuish, E, Lysenko, L, McFarquhar, T, Stevens, S, Jaffee, SR (2015) “Take your mind off it: Coping style, serotonin transporter linked polymorphic region genotype (5-HTTLPR), and children's internalizing and externalizing problems.”, Development and psychopathology. 27(4 Pt 1) 1129-1143.
      DOI: http://doi.org/10.1017/s0954579415000723

    • Gardiner, J, Sutcliffe, AG, Melhuish, E, Barnes, J (2015) “Paternal Age, Paternal Presence and Children's Health: An Observational Study.”, Pediatric reports. 7(1) 5659+.
      DOI: http://doi.org/10.4081/pr.2015.5659

    • Jaffee, SR, McFarquhar, T, Stevens, S, Ouellet-Morin, I, Melhuish, E, Belsky, J (2015) “Interactive effects of early and recent exposure to stressful contexts on cortisol reactivity in middle childhood”, Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry and Allied Disciplines. 56(2) 138-146.
      DOI: http://doi.org/10.1111/jcpp.12287

    • Barnes, J, Gardiner, J, Sutcliffe, A, Melhuish, E (2014) “The parenting of preschool children by older mothers in the United Kingdom”, EUROPEAN JOURNAL OF DEVELOPMENTAL PSYCHOLOGY. 11(4) 397-419.
      DOI: http://doi.org/10.1080/17405629.2013.863728

    • Melhuish, E, Sammons, P, Sylva, K, Siraj-Blatchford, I, Taggart, B (2014) “Home, pre-school and primary school influences upon children’s educational attainment at age 11”, Education Policy Analysis Archives. 22 1-26.
      DOI: http://doi.org/10.14507/epaa.v22.1893

    • Sutcliffe, AG, Melhuish, E, Barnes, J, Gardiner, J (2014) “Health and development of children born after assisted reproductive technology and sub-fertility compared to naturally conceived children: data from a national study.”, Pediatric reports. 6(1) 5118+.
      DOI: http://doi.org/10.4081/pr.2014.5118

    • Baker, W, Sammons, P, Siraj-Blatchford, I, Sylva, K, Melhuish, EC, Taggart, B (2014) “Aspirations, education and inequality in England: insights from the Effective Provision of Pre-school, Primary and Secondary Education Project”, OXFORD REVIEW OF EDUCATION. 40(5) 525-542.
      DOI: http://doi.org/10.1080/03054985.2014.953921

    • Melhuish, E, Quinn, L, Sylva, K, Sammons, P, Siraj-Blatchford, I, Taggart, B (2013) “Preschool affects longer term literacy and numeracy: Results from a general population longitudinal study in Northern Ireland”, School Effectiveness and School Improvement. 24(2) 234-250.
      DOI: http://doi.org/10.1080/09243453.2012.749796

    • Oberklaid, F, Baird, G, Blair, M, Melhuish, E, Hall, D (2013) “Children's health and development: approaches to early identification and intervention.”, Archives of disease in childhood. 98(12) 1008-1011.
      DOI: http://doi.org/10.1136/archdischild-2013-304091

    • Busch, V, Van Stel, HF, De Leeuw, JRJ, Melhuish, E, Schrijvers, AJP (2013) “Multidisciplinary integrated Parent and Child Centres in Amsterdam: a qualitative study.”, International journal of integrated care. 13 e013+.
      DOI: http://doi.org/10.5334/ijic.887

    • Sylva, K, Sammons, P, Chan, LLS, Melhuish, E, Siraj-Blatchford, I, Taggart, B (2013) “The effects of early experiences at home and pre-school on gains in English and mathematics in primary school: a multilevel study in England”, ZEITSCHRIFT FUR ERZIEHUNGSWISSENSCHAFT. 16(2) 277-301.
      DOI: http://doi.org/10.1007/s11618-013-0364-6

    • Sammons, P, Hall, J, Sylva, K, Melhuish, E, Siraj-Blatchford, I, Taggart, B (2013) “Protecting the development of 511-year-olds from the impacts of early disadvantage: the role of primary school academic effectiveness”, SCHOOL EFFECTIVENESS AND SCHOOL IMPROVEMENT. 24(2) 251-268.
      DOI: http://doi.org/10.1080/09243453.2012.749797

    • Melhuish, E, Quinn, L, Sylva, K, Sammons, P, Siraj-Blatchford, I, Taggart, B (2013) “Preschool affects longer term literacy and numeracy: results from a general population longitudinal study in Northern Ireland”, SCHOOL EFFECTIVENESS AND SCHOOL IMPROVEMENT. 24(2) 234-250.
      DOI: http://doi.org/10.1080/09243453.2012.749796

    • Hall, J, Sylva, K, Sammons, P, Melhuish, E, Siraj-Blatchford, I, Taggart, B (2013) “Can preschool protect young children's cognitive and social development? Variation by center quality and duration of attendance”, SCHOOL EFFECTIVENESS AND SCHOOL IMPROVEMENT. 24(2) 155-176.
      DOI: http://doi.org/10.1080/09243453.2012.749793

    • Barnes, J, Aistrop, D, Allen, E, Barlow, J, Elbourne, D, Macdonald, G, Melhuish, E, Petrou, S, Pink, J, Snowdon, C, Spiby, H, Stuart, J, Sturgess, J (2013) “First steps: study protocol for a randomized controlled trial of the effectiveness of the Group Family Nurse Partnership (gFNP) program compared to routine care in improving outcomes for high-risk mothers and their children and preventing abuse.”, Trials. 14 285+.
      DOI: http://doi.org/10.1186/1745-6215-14-285

    • Basatemur, E, Gardiner, J, Williams, C, Melhuish, E, Barnes, J, Sutcliffe, A (2013) “Maternal prepregnancy BMI and child cognition: a longitudinal cohort study.”, Pediatrics. 131(1) 56-63.
      DOI: http://doi.org/10.1542/peds.2012-0788

    • Melhuish, E, Tradução, MK (2013) “Longer-term effects of early childhood education & care: Evidence and policy”, Cadernos de Pesquisa. 43(148) 124-149.
      DOI: http://doi.org/10.1590/S0100-15742013000100007

    • Sutcliffe, AG, Barnes, J, Belsky, J, Gardiner, J, Melhuish, E (2012) “The health and development of children born to older mothers in the United Kingdom: observational study using longitudinal cohort data.”, BMJ (Clinical research ed.). 345 e5116+.
      DOI: http://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.e5116

    • Sutcliffe, A, Barnes, J, Belsky, J, Gardiner, J, Melhuish, E (2012) “Health of children born to older mothers in the UK”, Archives of Disease in Childhood. 97(Suppl 1) A98.2-A99.
      DOI: http://doi.org/10.1136/archdischild-2012-301885.233

    • Taggart, B, Sylva, K, Melhuish, E, Sammons, P, Siraj-Blatchford, I (2011) “The power of pre-school: Evidence from the Eppe project”, Cadernos de Pesquisa. 41(142) 68-99.
      DOI: http://doi.org/10.1590/S0100-15742011000100005

    • Sylva, K, Melhuish, E, Sammons, P, Siraj-Blatchford, I, Taggart, B (2011) “Pre-school quality and educational outcomes at age 11: Low quality has little benefit”, Journal of Early Childhood Research. 9(2) 109-124.
      DOI: http://doi.org/10.1177/1476718X10387900

    • Anders, Y, Sammons, P, Taggart, B, Sylva, K, Melhuish, E, Siraj-Blatchford, I (2011) “The influence of child, family, home factors and pre-school education on the identification of special educational needs at age 10”, BRITISH EDUCATIONAL RESEARCH JOURNAL. 37(3) 421-441.
      DOI: http://doi.org/10.1080/01411921003725338

    • Melhuish, EC (2011) “Education. Preschool matters.”, Science (New York, N.Y.). 333(6040) 299-300.
      DOI: http://doi.org/10.1126/science.1209459

    • Daglar, M, Melhuish, E, Barnes, J (2011) “Parenting and preschool child behaviour among Turkish immigrant, migrant and non-migrant families”, EUROPEAN JOURNAL OF DEVELOPMENTAL PSYCHOLOGY. 8(3) 261-279.
      DOI: http://doi.org/10.1080/17405621003710827

    • Barnes, J, Belsky, J, Frost, M, Melhuish, E (2011) “Neighborhood characteristics and mental health: the relevance for mothers of infants in deprived English neighborhoods.”, Social psychiatry and psychiatric epidemiology. 46(12) 1243-1249.
      DOI: http://doi.org/10.1007/s00127-010-0298-8

    • Melhuish, E, Belsky, J, Barnes, J (2010) “Evaluation and value of Sure Start.”, Archives of disease in childhood. 95(3) 159-161.
      DOI: http://doi.org/10.1136/adc.2009.161018

    • Hall, JE, Sammons, P, Sylva, K, Melhuish, E, Taggart, B, Siraj-Blatchford, I, Smees, R (2010) “Measuring the combined risk to young children's cognitive development: an alternative to cumulative indices.”, The British journal of developmental psychology. 28(Pt 2) 219-238.
      DOI: http://doi.org/10.1348/026151008x399925

    • Belsky, J, Leyland, A, Barnes, J, Melhuish, E (2009) “Sure start in England.”, Lancet (London, England). 373(9661) 381+.
      DOI: http://doi.org/10.1016/s0140-6736(09)60132-x

    • Hall, J, Sylva, K, Melhuish, E, Sammons, P, Siraj-Blatchford, I, Taggart, B (2009) “The role of pre-school quality in promoting resilience in the cognitive development of young children”, OXFORD REVIEW OF EDUCATION. 35(3) 331-352.
      DOI: http://doi.org/10.1080/03054980902934613

    • Melhuish, EC, Sylva, K, Sammons, P, Siraj-Blatchford, I, Taggart, B, Phan, MB, Malin, A (2008) “The early years. Preschool influences on mathematics achievement.”, Science (New York, N.Y.). 321(5893) 1161-1162.
      DOI: http://doi.org/10.1126/science.1158808

    • Sammons, P, Anders, Y, Sylva, K, Melhuish, E, Siraj-Blatchford, I, Taggart, B, Barreau, S (2008) “Children's Cognitive Attainment and Progress in English Primary Schools During Key Stage 2: Investigating the potential continuing influences of pre-school education”, ZEITSCHRIFT FUR ERZIEHUNGSWISSENSCHAFT. 10 179-198.

    • Melhuish, EC, Phan, MB, Sylva, K, Sammons, P, Siraj-Blatchford, I, Taggart, B (2008) “Effects of the home learning environment and preschool center experience upon literacy and numeracy development in early primary school”, JOURNAL OF SOCIAL ISSUES. 64(1) 95-114.
      DOI: http://doi.org/10.1111/j.1540-4560.2008.00550.x

    • Melhuish, E, Belsky, J, Leyland, AH, Barnes, J, National Evaluation of Sure Start Research Team (2008) “Effects of fully-established Sure Start Local Programmes on 3-year-old children and their families living in England: a quasi-experimental observational study.”, Lancet (London, England). 372(9650) 1641-1647.
      DOI: http://doi.org/10.1016/s0140-6736(08)61687-6

    • Siraj-Blatchford, I, Taggart, B, Sylva, K, Sammons, P, Melhuish, E (2008) “Towards the transformation of practice in early childhood education: The effective provision of pre-school education (EPPE) project”, Cambridge Journal of Education. 38(1) 23-36.
      DOI: http://doi.org/10.1080/03057640801889956

    • Melhuish, E, Belsky, J, Anning, A, Ball, M, Barnes, J, Romaniuk, H, Leyland, A, NESS Research Team (2007) “Variation in community intervention programmes and consequences for children and families: the example of Sure Start Local Programmes.”, Journal of child psychology and psychiatry, and allied disciplines. 48(6) 543-551.
      DOI: http://doi.org/10.1111/j.1469-7610.2007.01705.x

    • Melhuish, EC (2007) “Parenting training improves problem behaviour in children at risk of conduct disorder: Commentary”, Evidence-Based Mental Health. 10(4) 125+.
      DOI: http://doi.org/10.1136/ebmh.10.4.125

    • Belsky, J, Melhuish, E, Barnes, J, Leyland, AH, Romaniuk, H (2006) “Effects of Sure Start local programmes on children and families: early findings from a quasi-experimental, cross sectional study.”, The BMJ. 332(7556) 1476+.
      DOI: http://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.38853.451748.2F

    • Barnes, J, Belsky, J, Broomfield, KA, Melhuish, E (2006) “Neighbourhood deprivation, school disorder and academic achievement in primary schools in deprived communities in England”, International Journal of Behavioral Development. 30(2) 127-136.
      DOI: http://doi.org/10.1177/0165025406063585

    • Sylva, K, Siraj-Blatchford, I, Taggart, B, Sammons, P, Melhuish, E, Elliot, K, Totsika, V (2006) “Capturing quality in early childhood through environmental rating scales”, EARLY CHILDHOOD RESEARCH QUARTERLY. 21(1) 76-92.
      DOI: http://doi.org/10.1016/j.ecresq.2006.01.003

    • Taggart, B, Sammons, P, Smees, R, Sylva, K, Melhuish, E, Siraj-Blatchford, I, Elliot, K, Lunt, I (2006) “Early identification of special educational needs and the definition of 'at risk': The Early Years Transition and Special Educational Needs (EYTSEN) Project”, British Journal of Special Education. 33(1) 40-45.
      DOI: http://doi.org/10.1111/j.1467-8578.2006.00410.x

    • Sammons, P, Siraj-Blatchford, I, Sylva, K, Melhuish, E, Taggart, B, Elliot, K (2005) “Investigating the effects of pre-school provision: Using mixed methods in the EPPE research”, International Journal of Social Research Methodology: Theory and Practice. 8(3) 207-224.
      DOI: http://doi.org/10.1080/13645570500154840

    • Tunstill, J, Allnock, D, Akhurst, S, Garbers, C, Anning, A, Ball, M, Barnes, J, Belsky, J, Botting, B, Frost, M, Kurtz, Z, Leyland, A, Meadows, P, Melhuish, E (2005) “Sure start local programmes: Implications of case study data from the national evaluation of sure start”, Children and Society. 19(2) 158-171.
      DOI: http://doi.org/10.1002/chi.864

    • Barnes, J, Belsky, J, Broomfield, KA, Dave, S, Frost, M, Melhuish, E, National Evaluation of Sure Start Research Team (2005) “Disadvantaged but different: variation among deprived communities in relation to child and family well-being.”, Journal of child psychology and psychiatry, and allied disciplines. 46(9) 952-962.
      DOI: http://doi.org/10.1111/j.1469-7610.2004.00392.x

    • Sammons, P, Elliot, K, Sylva, K, Melhuish, E, Siraj-Blatchford, I, Taggart, B (2004) “The impact of pre-school on young children's cognitive attainments at entry to reception”, BRITISH EDUCATIONAL RESEARCH JOURNAL. 30(5) 691-712.
      DOI: http://doi.org/10.1080/0141192042000234656

    • Melhuish, EC (2001) “The quest for quality in early day care and preschool experience continues”, International Journal of Behavioral Development. 25(1) 1-6.
      DOI: http://doi.org/10.1080/01650250042000492

    • Hipwell, AE, Goossens, FA, Melhuish, EC, Kumar, R (2000) “Severe maternal psychopathology and infant-mother attachment.”, Development and psychopathology. 12(2) 157-175.
      DOI: http://doi.org/10.1017/S0954579400002030

    • Pellegrini, AD, Melhuish, E, Jones, I, Trojanowska, L, Gilden, R (2000) “Social. contexts of learning literate language - The role of varied, familiar, and close peer relationships”, LEARNING AND INDIVIDUAL DIFFERENCES. 12(4) 375-389.
      DOI: http://doi.org/10.1016/S1041-6080(02)00044-4

    • Melhuish, E, Sammons, PM, Sylva, K, Siraj-Blatchford, I, Taggart, B “Las influences del hogar, el pre-escolar y la escuela primaria sobre el rendimiento educativo a los once años del niño”, Revista de Politica Educativa. 3 63-92.

    • Melhuish, E, Sammons, PM, Sylva, K, Siraj-Blatchford, I, Taggart, B “Home, Pre-school and Primary school influences upon children’s educational attainment at age 11”, Revista de Política Educativa.

    • Taggart, B, Siraj-Blatchford, I, Sylva, K, Melhuish, E, Sammons, PM “Influencing policy and practice through research on early childhood education”, International Journal of Early Childhood Education. 14(2) 7-21.

    • Siraj-Blatchford, I, Mayo, A, Melhuish, EC, Taggart, B, Sammons, P, Sylva, K “The learning life course of at ‘risk’ children aged 3-16: Perceptions of students and parents about ‘succeeding against the odds’”, Scottish Educational Review. 14(2) 5-17.

  • Reports

    • Melhuish, EC (2016) Provision of quality early childcare services: Synthesis Report. Brussels: European Commission.

    • Sammons, PM, Toth, K, Sylva, K, Melhuish, E, Siraj, I, Taggart, B (2015) Pre-school and Early Home Learning Environment Effects on A-level Outcomes, DfE Research Report 472a and 472b (Technical Report). London: DfE.

    • Sammons, P, Toth, K, Sylva, K, Melhuish, EC, Siraj, I, Taggart, BL (2015) Pre-school and early home learning effects on A-level outcomes: Effective Pre-school, Primary & Secondary Education Project (EPPSE). London: DfE.

    • Melhuish, EC, Ereky-Stevens, K, Petrogiannis, K, Ariescu, A, Penderi, E, Rentzou, K, Tawell, A, Slot, P, Broekhuizen, M, Leserman, P (2015) A review of research on the effects of early childhood education and care (ECEC) on child development. CARE Curriculum quality analysis and impact review of European ECEC, WP4, D4.1.. Brussels: ECEC.

    • Taggart, B, Sammons, PM, Siraj, I, Sylva, K, Melhuish, E, Toth, K, Smees, R, Hollingworth, K, Welcomme, W (2014) Post age 16 destinations. London: Institute of Education & Department of Education.

    • Sammons, PM, Sylva, K, Melhuish, E, Siraj, I, Taggart, B, Smees, R, Toth, K, Welcomme, W (2014) Influences on students' dispositions and well-being in Key Stage 4 age 16. London: Institute of Education & Department of Education.

    • Sammons, P, Sylva, K, Melhuish, EC, Siraj, I, Taggart, B, Toth, K, Smees, R (2014) Influences on students’ GCSE attainment and progress at age 16: Effective pre-school, primary and secondary education project (EPPSE). London: DfE.

    • Sammons, PM, Sylva, K, Melhuish, E, Siraj, I, Taggart, B, Smees, R, Toth, K, Welcomme, W (2014) Influences on student's social-behavioural development at age 16. London: Institute of Education and DfE.

    • Sylva, K, Sammons, PM, Melhuish, E, Siraj, I, Taggart, B, Smees, R, Toth, K, Welcomme, W (2014) Students' educational and developmental outcomes at age 16: Final Report from Key Stage 4. London: DfE.

    • Sammons, P, Sylva, K, Melhuish, EC, Siraj, I, Taggart, B, Smees, R, Toth, K (2014) Influences on students’ social-behavioural development at age 16: Effective pre-school, primary and secondary education project (EPPSE). London: DfE.

    • Siraj, I, Hollingworth, K, Taggart, B, Sammons, PM, Melhuish, E, Sylva, K (2014) Report on students who are not in Education, Employment or Training (NEET). London: Institute of Education & Department of Education.

    • Sammons, P, Sylva, K, Melhuish, EC, Siraj, I, Taggart, B, Smees, R, Toth, K (2014) Influences on students’ social-behavioural development at age 16: Effective pre-school, primary and secondary education project (EPPSE). BRIEF. London: DfE.

    • Sylva, K, Melhuish, EC, Sammons, P, Siraj, I, Taggart, B, Smees, R, Welcomme, W, Hollingworth, K (2014) Students’ educational and developmental outcomes at age 16: Effective pre-school, primary and secondary education (EPPSE). Research report.. London: DfE.

    • Sylva, K, Melhuish, EC, Sammons, P, Siraj, I, Taggart, B, Smees, R, Toth, K, Welcomme, W, Hollingworth, K (2014) Students’ educational and developmental outcomes at age 16: Effective pre-school, primary and secondary education (EPPSE). London: DfE.

    • Siraj, I, Hollingsworth, K, Taggart, B, Sammons, P, Melhuish, EC, Sylva, K (2014) Effective Pre-school, Primary and Secondary Education Project (EPPSE 3-16+): Report on students who are not in Education, Employment or Training (NEET). London: Institute of Education.

    • Sammons, P, Sylva, K, Melhuish, EC, Siraj, I, Taggart, B, Smees, R, Toth, K, Welcomme, W (2014) Effective Pre-school, Primary and Secondary Education Project (EPPSE 3-16+): Influences on students’ dispositions and well-being in Key Stage 4 at age 16. London: Institute of Education.

    • Sammons, P, Sylva, K, Melhuish, EC, Siraj, I, Taggart, B, Smees, R, Toth, K, Welcomme, W (2014) Effective Pre-school, Primary and Secondary Education Project (EPPSE 3-16+: Students’ views of school in Key Stage4 at age 16. London: Institute of Education.

    • Taggart, B, Sammons, P, Siraj, I, Sylva, K, Melhuish, EC, Toth, K, Smees, R, Hollingworth, K, Welcomme, W (2014) Effective Pre-school, Primary and Secondary Education Project (EPPSE 3-16+): Post 16 destinations. London: Institute of Education.

    • Sammons, PM, Sylva, K, Melhuish, E, Siraj, I, Taggart, B, Smees, R, Toth, K, Welcomme, W (2014) Students' views of school in Key Stage 4 age 16. London: Institute of Education & Department of Education.

    • Jensen, BB, Currie, C, Dyson, A, Eisenstadt, N, Melhuish, EC (2013) European review of social determinants and the health divide in the WHO European Region. Copenhagen: WHO Regional Office for Europe.

    • Currie, C, Dyson, A, Eisenstadt, N, Jensen, BB, Melhuish, EC (2013) A good start for every child: Final report of the Early Years, Family and Education Task Group for the WHO European review of social determinants of health and the health divide. Copenhagen: WHO Europe.

    • Sammons, PM, Sylva, K, Melhuish, E, Siraj-Blatchford, I, Taggart, B, Toth, K, Draghici, D, Smees, R (2012) Effective Pre-School, Primary and Secondary Education Project (EPPSE 3-14): Influences on students’ attainment and progress in Key Stage 3: Academic outcomes in English, maths and science in Year 9. London: Department for Education.

    • Sammons, PM, Sylva, K, Melhuish, E, Siraj-Blatchford, I, Taggart, B, Smees, R, Draghici, D, Toth, K (2012) Effective Pre-school, Primary and Secondary Education 3-14 Project (EPPSE 3-14): Influences on students’ dispositions in Key Stage 3: Exploring Enjoyment of school, Popularity, Anxiety, Citizenship Values and Academic self-concept in Year 9. London: Department for Education.

    • Sammons, PM, Sylva, K, Melhuish, E, Siraj-Blatchford, I, Taggart, B, Draghici, D, Smees, R, Toth, K (2011) Effective Pre-School, Primary and Secondary Education Project (EPPSE 3-14): Influences on students’ development in Key Stage 3: Social-behavioural outcomes in Year 9. London: Department for Education.

    • Sammons, PM, Sylva, K, Melhuish, E, Siraj-Blatchford, I, Taggart, B, Smees, R, Draghici, D, Toth, K (2011) Effective Pre-school, Primary and Secondary Education 3-14 Project (EPPSE 3-14): Influences on students’ dispositions in Key Stage 3: Exploring Enjoyment of school, Popularity, Anxiety, Citizenship Values and Academic self-concept in Year 9.. London: Institute of Education and Department for Education.

    • Sammons, P, Sylva, K, Melhuish, E, Siraj-Blatchford, I, Taggart, B, Smees, R, Draghici, D, Toth, K (2011) Effective Pre-School, Primary and Secondary Education Project (EPPSE 3-14) Students? Reports of Their Experiences of School in Year 9. London: EPPSE Project - Institute of Education.

    • Sammons, P, Sylva, K, Melhuish, E, Siraj-Blatchford, I, Taggart, B, Hunt, S (2008) Effective Pre-school and Primary Education 3-11 Project (EPPE 3-11) Influences on children’s attainment and progress in Key Stage 2: cognitive outcomes in Year 6. Nottingham: DCSF Publications.

    • Sylva, K, Sammons, P, Siraj-Blatchford, I, Taggart, B, Smees, R, Melhuish, E (2008) Exploring pupils’ views of primary school in Year 5. London: Institute of Education, University of London.

    • Sammons, P, Sylva, K, Melhuish, E, Siraj-Blatchford, I, Taggart, B, Jelicic, H (2008) Effective Pre-school and Primary Education 3-11 Project (EPPE 3-11) Influences on children’s development and progress in Key Stage 2: social/behavioural outcomes in Year 6. Nottingham: DCSF Publications.

    • Sylva, K, Melhuish, E, Sammons, P, Taggart, B, Siraj-Blatchford, I, Hunt, S, Barreau, S, Welcomme, W (2008) Tracking and mobility over the pre-school and primary school period: Evidence from EPPE 3-11. London: Institute of Education, University of London.

    • Sammons, P, Sylva, K, Melhuish, E, Siraj-Blatchford, I, Taggart, B, Jelicic, H, Barreau, S, Grabbe, Y, Smees, R (2008) Relationships between pupils’ self-perceptions, views of primary school and their development in Year 5. London: Institute of Education, University of London.

    • Sammons, P, Sylva, K, Siraj-Blatchford, I, Taggart, B, Smees, R, Melhuish, E (2008) Influences on pupils’ self-perceptions in primary school: enjoyment of school, anxiety and isolation, and self-image in Year 5. London: Institute of Education, University of London.

    • Evangelou, M, Taggart, B, Sylva, K, Melhuish, E, Sammons, P (2008) Effective Pre-school, Primary and Secondary Education 3-14 Project (EPPSE 3-14). What Makes a Successful Transition from Primary to Secondary School?. Nottingham: DCSF Publications.

    • Sammons, PM, Sylva, K, Melhuish, E, Siraj-Blatchford, I, Taggart, B, Hunt, S, Jelicic, H (2008) Effective Pre-school and Primary Education 3-11 Project (EPPE 3-11) Influences on children’s cognitive and social development in Year 6. London: DCSF Publications.

    • Sylva, K, Melhuish, E, Sammons, P, Siraj-Blatchford, I, Taggart, B (2008) Effective Pre-school and Primary Education 3-11 Project (EPPE 3-11) Final report from the primary phase: Pre-school, school and family Influences on children’s development during Key Stage 2 (age 7-11). Nottingham: DCSF Publications.

    • Sylva, K, Sammons, P, Taggart, B, Siraj-Blatchford, I, Melhuish, E, Hall, J (2006) “Tracking children with SEN through the Early Years: Can education make a difference?”, In: The Vernon-Wall Lecture for the annual meeting of the Education Section of the British Psychological Society. British Psychological Society.

    • Sylva, K, Melhuish, E, Sammons, P, Siraj-Blatchford, I, Taggart, B (2004) Effective Pre-school Education. London: DfES/London Institute of Education.

    • Sylva, K, Sammons, P, Melhuish, E, Siraj-Blatchford, I, Taggart, B, Elliot, K, Marsh, A (2004) The Continuing Effects of Pre-school Education at age 7 Years. DfES/London Institute of Education.

    • Sylva, K, Sammons, P, Taggart, B, Smees, R, Melhuish, E, Siraj-Blatchford, I, Elliot, K (2004) The Early Years Transition & Special Educational Needs (EYTSEN) Project. DfES Publications.

    • Sylva, K, Sammons, P, Smees, R, Taggart, B, Melhuish, E, Siraj-Blatchford, I, Elliot, K (2004) Special Educational Needs in the Early Primary Years: Primary School entry up to the end of year 1. London: DfES Publications.

    • Sylva, K, Sammons, P, Melhuish, E, Siraj-Blatchford, I, Taggart, B, Elliot, K, Marsh, A (2004) Report on Year 6 Assessments. DfES/London Institute of Education.

  • Other

    • Melhuish, EC (2016) Discussion Paper: Provision of quality early childcare services. Prepared for the Peer Review in Social Protection and Social Inclusion programme. Brussels: European Commission.

    • Melhuish, EC (2016) Offre de services de qualité pour la petite enfance: Examen par les pairs en matière de protection sociale et d’inclusion sociale 2015-2016. Résumé, République tchèque. Brussels: European Commission.

    • Melhuish, EC (2016) Hochwertige Betreuungsangebote für Kleinkinder. Kurzbericht, Tschechische Republik. Brussels: European Commission.

    • Melhuish, EC (2016) Poskytování kvalitních služeb rané péče o děti: Krátká zprává, Česká Republika. Brussels: European Commission.

    • Melhuish, EC (2016) Provision of quality early childcare services: Short Report, Czech Republic. Brussels: European Commission.

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