Study produces unique portrait of UK's millennium children at the age of 5

17 October 2008

The findings of the third survey of more than 15,000 children born in the UK during the first two years of the new millennium are published by the Centre for Longitudinal Studies today (Friday, October 17).

The findings of the third survey of more than 15,000 children born in the UK during the first two years of the new millennium are published by the Centre for Longitudinal Studies today (Friday, October 17).

The third Millennium Cohort Study survey was carried out when the children were aged 5.
It has revealed that:

  • Children who eat breakfast daily are less likely to become obese.
  • Girls are already two months ahead of boys in their learning development when they start school.
  • Less than two thirds of UK children are living with their married natural parents at age 5.
  • Welsh mothers are less likely to resort to smacking than mothers in other UK countries.
  • Mothers in Northern Ireland are more likely to read to their children every day than other UK mothers.

Press releases on each of these topics can be found here.

The full report can be downloaded free of charge.

Media enquiries should be directed to:
David Budge
d.budge@ioe.ac.uk
020 7911 5349
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