Foundations for Life: Programme Reports

We provide here information about the evidence, costs and outcome of the 75 programmes assessed as part of the Foundations for Life review.  The table below provides the strength of evidence ratings for all programmes and cost ratings for programmes rated as NE, 2, 3 or 4 (when cost information was available). Links to the individual programme reports are also provided. Programmes can be sorted alphabetically, or on the basis of their outcome domain.

All 75 programmes aim to support children’s development through parent–child interaction in at least one of three domains: attachment security, behavioural self-regulation and early language and cognitive development. For the purposes of this review, programmes were classified into one of these three domains on the basis of their best fit for their best evidence. It should be recognised, however, that many of these programmes have good evidence across two or more of these domains.

Guidance as to what these ratings mean can be found here. It is important that these ratings are understood and used carefully to guide commissioning. They are not by themselves sufficient basis for commissioning but should be understood in conjunction with the full report, the disclaimer set out on each report. and the guidance as to what our ratings mean. Commissioning advice can be found here.

NameOutcome DomainDetailed Evidence RatingCost RatingContact information
Active ParentingBehaviourNL2Cost information is not available for NL2 programmes.
Assertive Outreach Model, including Baby ExpressAttachmentNL2Cost information is not available for NL2 programmes.
Baby ExpressAttachmentNL2Cost information is not available for NL2 programmes.
Baby StepsAttachmentNL2Cost information is not available for NL2 programmes.
Bookstart BabyCognitive DevelopmentNL2Cost information is not available for NL2 programmes.
Bookstart CornerCognitive DevelopmentNL2Cost information is not available for NL2 programmes.
Born to MoveCognitive DevelopmentNL2Cost information is not available for NL2 programmes.
Circle of Security (home visiting)AttachmentNL2Cost information is not available for NL2 programmes.
Enhancing Adoptive ParentingBehaviourNL2Cost information is not available for NL2 programmes.
Enhancing Parenting Skills programme (EPAS)BehaviourNL2Cost information is not available for NL2 programmes.
Families and Schools Together (FAST) BabyAttachmentNL2Cost information is not available for NL2 programmes.
Family Action's Perinatal Support Project (evolved from Newpin)AttachmentNL2Cost information is not available for NL2 programmes.
It Takes Two to TalkCognitive DevelopmentNL2Cost information is not available for NL2 programmes.
Kaleidoscope Play & LearnCognitive DevelopmentNL2Cost information is not available for NL2 programmes.
Learning Together Programme – Early PEEP: 1s LevelCognitive DevelopmentNL2Cost information is not available for NL2 programmes.
Learning Together Programme – Early PEEP: 2s LevelCognitive DevelopmentNL2Cost information is not available for NL2 programmes.
Learning Together Programme – Early PEEP: Baby PEEPCognitive DevelopmentNL2Cost information is not available for NL2 programmes.
Listening to children (LTC)BehaviourNL2Cost information is not available for NL2 programmes.
Mellow BabiesAttachmentNL2Cost information is not available for NL2 programmes.
Mellow BumpsAttachmentNL2Cost information is not available for NL2 programmes.
Modified Interaction GuidanceAttachmentNL2Cost information is not available for NL2 programmes.
My Baby's BrainAttachmentNL2Cost information is not available for NL2 programmes.
Parent Infant Project (PIP)AttachmentNL2Cost information is not available for NL2 programmes.
Parenting WiselyBehaviourNL2Cost information is not available for NL2 programmes.
Parents 1st Community Parent Volunteer Peer Support ProgrammeAttachmentNL2Cost information is not available for NL2 programmes.
Parents as Partners (formerly known as Supporting Father Involvement)BehaviourNL2Cost information is not available for NL2 programmes.
Sing & Grow ProgrammeAttachmentNL2Cost information is not available for NL2 programmes.
Strengthening Families ProgramBehaviourNL2Cost information is not available for NL2 programmes.
TalkAbilityCognitive DevelopmentNL2Cost information is not available for NL2 programmes.
Target WordCognitive DevelopmentNL2Cost information is not available for NL2 programmes.
The Newborn Behavioral Observations (NBO) SystemAttachmentNL2Cost information is not available for NL2 programmes.
Triple P Primary CareBehaviourNL2Cost information is not available for NL2 programmes.
Triple P Selected Seminar SeriesBehaviourNL2Cost information is not available for NL2 programmes.
Video-feedback Intervention to Promote Positive Parenting (VIPP)AttachmentNL2Cost information is not available for NL2 programmes.
Video-feedback Intervention to Promote Positive Parenting – Sensitive Discipline (VIPP-SD)BehaviourNL2Cost information is not available for NL2 programmes.
Child First ProgrammeAttachment35marypeniston@childfirst.com
Child-Parent PsychotherapyAttachment3+MissingChandra.Ghosh@ucsf.edu
Circle of Security (Group)Attachment22claregates@me.com jenny@stmaryslondon.org.uk
Dare to be YouBehaviour2+Missingdavid.macphee@colostate.edu
Empowering Parents, Empowering Communities (EPEC)Behaviour31crispin.1.day@kcl.ac.uk, cpcs@slam.nhs.uk, Louisa.campbell@slam.nhs.uk
Families and Schools Together (FAST) PreschoolBehaviour2MissingB.Thomas@mdx.ac.uk
Family Check-Up (FCU) for ChildrenBehaviour3+2thefamilycheckup@asu.edu
Family FoundationsAttachment41Mfeinberg@psu.edu
Family Links 10-Week Nurturing Programme (FLNP)BehaviourNE1gail.allan@familylinks.org.uk
Family Nurse PartnershipAttachment4+5AStevenson@fnp.nhs.uk
Getting ReadyCognitive Development2+Missinglknoche2@unl.edu
Helping the Noncompliant Child (HNC)Behaviour33rjmcmaho@sfu.ca
HitkashrutBehaviour32yoel.elizur@mail.huji.ac.il
Home Instruction for Parents of Preschool Youngsters (HIPPY)Cognitive Development2+3mwestheimer@hotmail.com
Incredible Years (IY) PreschoolBehaviour4+2cwebsterstratton@comcast.net
Incredible Years (IY) ToddlerBehaviour2+2cwebsterstratton@comcast.net
Infant-Parent Psychotherapy (IPP)Attachment3+MissingChandra.Ghosh@ucsf.edu
Learning Together Programme – Foundation PEEP 3s LevelCognitive Development2+1sally.smith@peeple.org.uk
Learning Together Programme – Foundation Peep 4s LevelCognitive Development2+1sally.smith@peeple.org.uk
Let's Learn LanguageCognitive DevelopmentNE1melissa.wake@rch.org.au
Let's Play in TandemCognitive Development33r.ford@griffith.edu.au
Level 3 Discussion Group Triple PBehaviour3+1matt.buttery@triplep.net
Level 4 Group Triple PBehaviour3+1matt.buttery@triplep.net
Level 4 Standard Triple PBehaviour32matt.buttery@triplep.net
Mellow ToddlersAttachment22christine@mellowparenting.org
Maternal Early Childhood Sustained Home-visiting (MECSH)AttachmentNE4Lynn.Kemp@westernsydney.edu.au
Nobody Slips Through the NetAttachment2+2anna_sidor@yahoo.com
ParentCorpsBehaviour3+2laurie.brotman@nyumc.org
Parents as First Teachers (PAFT)Cognitive Development2+4andysaunders@parentsasfirstteachers.org.uk
Parents Plus Early YearsBehaviour2+1john.sharry@gmail.com
Play and Learning Strategies (PALS)Attachment2+2Ursula.Y.Johnson@uth.tmc.edu
Raising Early Achievement in Literacy (REAL)Cognitive Development33c.e.nutbrown@sheffield.ac.uk
Reach Out and Read (ROR)Cognitive Development2+2'barbara.ducharme@reachoutandread.org'
The Lidcombe ProgrammeCognitive Development2+2mark.onslow@sydney.edu.au
The New Forest Parenting ProgrammeBehaviour3+3cathy.laver-bradbury@solent.nhs.uk
The Social Baby UKAttachmentNEMissinglynne.murray@reading.ac.uk, hwhiteside@xmission.com
The Solihull Approach (Understanding Your Child's Behaviour)Behaviour21hazel.douglas@heartofengland.nhs.uk
Toddler-Parent PsychotherapyAttachment2+MissingChandra.Ghosh@ucsf.edu
Toddlers without TearsBehaviourNEMissingNot available (programme no longer exists)
Watch, Wait and WonderAttachment2+Missingmlojkasek@watchwaitandwonder.com

Specific disclaimer

The assessments reported here are based on information gathered through the specified review. The child outcomes reviewed were limited to impacts on attachment and/or parent sensitivity; behaviour and social and emotional skills; and cognitive development, in particular early literacy and use of language. The rating included represents an assessment in relation to these outcomes only. The rating is an independent statement of opinion as of the date it is expressed. It is not a recommendation or a statement of fact.

Generic disclaimer

These ratings are designed to provide information for those developing early intervention programmes and systems. The evidence can be used to inform and assist professional judgement, but it is not a substitute for it. This Table does not purport to contain all the information that may be required by third parties in order to exercise their judgement.

Evidence about what has worked in the past offers no guarantee that an approach will work in all circumstances. Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of the information, but no legal responsibility is accepted for (i) any errors or omissions (negligent or otherwise); and (ii) any consequences resulting from the use of or reliance on this Report.

The rating is in part based on research and publications of third parties: the Early Intervention Foundation is not responsible for, and does not guarantee the accuracy, completeness, timeliness or availability of, those third party materials or any related material. The Early Intervention Foundation does not perform an audit and undertakes no duty of due diligence or independent verification of any information (including, but expressly not limited to, information about costs of the programmes) it receives from third parties including the programme providers.

Foundations for Life: What Works to Support Parent Child Interaction in the Early Years

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Publication Details

Edited by: Leon Feinstein

Authors: Kirsten Asmussen, Leon Feinstein, Jack Martin, Haroon Chowdry

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