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Growing Up in Scotland

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Aim

Since 2005, we have been speaking to parents of children from 10 months of age about childcare, education, parenting, health and social inclusion.

Growing up in Scotland provides crucial evidence for the long-term monitoring and evaluation of policies for children, with a specific focus on early years.  It’s the largest longitudinal study of its kind in Scotland. To date over 14,000 children and their families are or have been involved.

Find out more at the Growing Up in Scotland website.

Latest Findings

New findings looking at 10 to 11 year olds' physical activity levels were published by the Scottish Government in August 2017. The report draws on GUS data collected by ScotCen.

Method

GUS interviews the parents of children in 3 different cohorts at key stages in the children's lives.

In 2005, 5,000 parents of children aged 10 months old ('Birth Cohort 1') and 3,000 parents of 2-year-olds ('Child Cohort') were interviewed. In 2011, a further 6,000 children aged 10 months old were recruited to form 'Birth Cohort 2'.  There have been eight 'sweeps' of data collection so far. You can find them all below.