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Professor Edward Melhuish, OBE

Edward Melhuish is Professor of Human Development at the University of Oxford & Birkbeck, University of London.  He was the Executive Director of the National Evaluation of Sure Start from 2001-2012.  He has also been involved in the Effective Provision of Pre-school Education (EPPE) and Effective Pre-School Provision in Northern Ireland (EPPNI).  These studies contributed to the formulation of social policy in the UK in the area of families with young children, early years services and education, such as the universal provision of a pre-school place for all 3 & 4 year olds and the establishment of 3500 Children's Centres, the government's Every Child Matters and 10-Year Childcare strategies, the 2004 Children Act and the 2006 Chilldcare Bill.

He has undertaken research in 12 countries.  His research in the 1980s influenced the 1989 Children Act and later research has influenced the 2005 Children Act, 2006 Childcare Bill and policy on childcare, early education, child poverty and parental support in the UK and other countries.  He has conducted research for the Medical Research Council, Economics and Social Research Council, Save the Children Fund, DCSF, DoH and several other government and voluntary sector agencies.  Professor Melhuish has acted as a consultant for design for children, children's organisations (e.g. Save the Children Fund), government departments (e.g. DfE, DWP, DoH), Treasury, Prime Minister's Office and film, television and radio companies.

Ted is currently a Trustee of the WAVE Trust ( in addition to the Foundation Years Trust.

Ted was awarded an OBE for his services to Social Science in June 2016

Professor Edward Melhuish, OBE