Children of the 2020s Study

Children of the 2020s study: Pilot study

We are running a smaller version of the study as a pilot to test that the research will run smoothly and work effectively. This is a critical part of the Children of the 2020s study and will be invaluable in ensuring the study is as good as it can be. We will also be following up with these families as their child grows up.

If you are part of the pilot study, you will play a very important role in ensuring the study is run as effectively as possible. You will be invited to take part in each stage of the research before the main study is launched. The data we collect from you will not be included in the main research findings, but will be used to inform the study design. Although we also ask your permission to link government records held about you and your child to your data, we will not do this. The reason for asking is to test our procedures for seeking permission, ahead of the main study. You will also be asked to take part in the BabySteps app. For the pilot study, it is important to note that you will be testing a version of the app that is in development. This means that not all features will be available.

Future stages

We would like to ask you to take part again around the time your child turns 2, 3, 4 and 5 years old so we can see how your child is growing up.  We will get back in touch with you when it is time to take part again. Please get in touch with us if your contact details change.

What happens to my data if I am part of the pilot study?

If you are part of the pilot study your data will not be shared with DfE. The purpose of collecting your data is to inform the design of the main study therefore analysis of this data will be done by the core research team to inform the study design. Although we also ask your permission to link your data to government sources we will not do this. The purpose of this is to test our procedures for seeking permission, ahead of the main study.