The furthest north nation of the United Kingdom, Scotland occupies about one-third of the island of Great Britain and has a population of approximately 5.5 million people, 273,000 (around 5%) of whom are under 5 years old. Education policy in Scotland is devolved from the UK Government in London, meaning that the Scottish Government is responsible for all education provision. The Children and Young People (Scotland) Act 2014 introduced an entitlement of up to 1140 hours of funded Early Learning and Childcare (ELC) for all 3-5 year olds and some eligible 2 year olds.

Childhood and Youth Studies Research Group, University of Edinburgh

 The Childhood and Youth Studies research group’s aim is to make a transformative contribution to realising children and young people’s human rights by undertaking and promoting inter-disciplinary research, teaching, policy and practice.
As a group we:
  • Work collaboratively and encourage dialogue, within and across disciplines and sectors, in research-related activities involving children and young people.
  • Work with a social justice agenda to recognise children and young people’s rights, across local and international contexts, to value diversity and to challenge inequality.
  • Intentionally amplify and extend existing opportunities and synergies across research, policy and practice contexts to progress children and young people’s meaningful participation and human rights.

The SIPP team at the University of Edinburgh are responsible for coordination of the research project across the team, with a focus upon cross-context learning and knowledge exchange.

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Founded in 1583, the University of Edinburgh is globally recognised for its research, development and high-quality teaching, attracting some of the world’s leading thinkers to work and study. With one of the most diverse populations of any Scottish University, two thirds of the world’s nationalities are represented in a student body of more than 31,000. With a values-led approach to teaching, research and innovation, and through strong local and global relationships, the University of Edinburgh seeks to address tomorrow’s greatest challenges.

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