Below you will find some of Cattanach's top picks of resources we think might be useful to you. These resources cover a range of different topics, including more information on funding. We also indicate where you might go to get practical information on working with the early years, evaluation tips, the latest research on the early years and much more!

Organisation: Joseph Rowntree Foundation
Type: Research

Joseph Rowntree Foundation

This is an excellent resource for accessing research about the impacts of poverty UK-wide as well as specifically in Scotland.

Organisation: Harvard University
Type: Research

Harvard Center on the Developing Child

The Harvard Center for the Developing Child is a great place to go to find out the latest research in the early years, particularly cognitive development.

Organisation: Sutton Trust
Type: Research

Sutton Trust Early Years Research

The Sutton Trust produces research on social mobility and tackling inequalities related to poverty across the UK. Filter the ‘Our Research’ with the category early years for research specifically about the wee ones

Organisation: Children’s Parliament
Type: Information, Research

Children’s Parliament

The Children’s Parliament is a great body in Scotland who represent the views of children across Scotland. With the younger ones, they have done some great research using creative activities and art.

Organisation: What Works for Children's Social Care
Type: Information, Research

What Works for Children's Social Care - Evidence Store

This resource is exceptionally useful for exploring different methods of intervention with children, and their effectiveness. Provided are reviews of studies on each intervention, and summaries of their outcomes, how effective they are, and the range of evidence available.

Organisation: Dr Pascal Vrticka (PhD) - Lecturer / Assistant Professor
Type: Research

The Social Neuro-science of Human Attachment

This website shares some excellent research on the social neuroscience behind attachment, written by Dr Pascal Pvrticka. Have a look to find out more about the science behind attachment.

Organisation: ACAMH
Type: Research

ACAMH - Attachment Resources

Here are some excellent and clear resources on the topic of attachment, including those from a social neuroscience perspective from Dr Pascal Pvrticka.

Organisation: Scottish Social Services Council
Type: Information

Jargon and Acronym Buster (Jab)

This is an excellent resource provided by the Scottish Social Services Council, aiming to clarify on the jargon sometimes used in social work. It provides definitions in plain English of acronyms often used in the world of social work, as well as relevant laws often referred to.

Organisation: Parent Club
Type: Information and Learning

Wellbeing for Wee Ones

Parent Club have come up with an excellent guide for parents centred around supporting the emotional and social wellbeing of our wee ones. It gives top tips on a variety of wellbeing-related topics for babies and toddlers, as well as explaining why introducing wellbeing at an early age is so important.

Organisation: BBC Sounds
Type: Learning and Research

The Science of Dad

This is a fascinating podcast episode in which Dr Oscar Duke speaks about how pregnancy, birth and childcare affects fathers. A really useful listen for anyone working directly or indirectly with dads and dads-to-be.

Organisation: Talent 25
Type: Research

Talent 25

Talent 25 is a fascinating long-term research action programme. Starting work with babies and families in their early years, the programme has been piloted in Leicester. It aims to offer free cultural and creative activities to groups from when they are babies right up until they are 25 years old. Find out more about this programme by visiting the Talent 25 website in the link provided.

Organisation: BBC Tiny Happy People
Type: Information and Learning


An excellent set of videos and activity pages from the BBC. This is designed to help parents/carers with young children to improve their communication skills and better understand early development.