The Best Start at Home

Publication Details

Publication date: 27 March 2015
Edited by: Darlington Social Research Unit, University of Warwick and Coventry University.


The Best Start at Home

This report is the first What Works review commissioned by the Early Intervention Foundation on UK-based early interventions for children from conception to the start of primary school. It considers interventions that enhance parent-child interaction with a view to improving three important outcomes: attachment and parental sensitivity; social and emotional development; and language and communication.

The report was written by researchers at the Dartington Social Research Unit, University of Warwick and Coventry University.

This review is a first examination of the evidence. We have drawn mainly on the published evidence we have found through rapid review of peer reviewed literature.

The EIF Evidence Panel of experts on evaluation and early intervention and prevention is reviewing 100 of these programmes and we will subsequently provide more detailed data about the costs of the programmes and advice about which programmes might be commissioned in specific circumstances.

The EIF has now published “Foundations for Life: What Works to Support Parent Child Interactions in the Early Years“, a more detailed assessment of the field which draws on the evidence base of this report.

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