Children of the 2020s Study

Children of the 2020s study: About the study

Children of the 2020s is an exciting opportunity for you to help with a study following 8,500 children and their families in England born in the 2020s.

The study has been commissioned and funded by the Department for Education (DfE). It is being led by University College London (UCL), and the independent research organisation Ipsos is collecting the data. The project also involves the University of Cambridge, University of Oxford and Birkbeck, University of London who are providing scientific advice and guidance.

The study looks at what it is like for children to grow up in the 2020s, at a time of great change and when the country is recovering from the COVID-19 pandemic. We can learn a lot by following the same group of children and their families for a number of years, such as how their experiences and circumstances affect their futures. 

We will collect data on children’s language, early development, family environment, health, mental health and early education.

We are very grateful for your help with this exciting study. The information you provide will be used to help improve education and childcare services, so children and families can be better supported to lead happy and healthy lives.