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Published: 07 February 2017
27-30 Month Review Statistics
Publication Summary Download pdf file [147kb]
Full Report Download pdf file [657kb]

It is important to monitor children's development as they grow, and this information is captured through a number of child health reviews. These are delivered as part of the Child Health Programme, underpinned by the Universal Health Visiting Pathway in Scotland - Pre-Birth to Pre-School Download PDF file [4.3 Mb] (published October 2015).

The schedule of reviews offered to preschool children in Scotland is described in Pre-School Screening and Reviews.

27-30 month review

The 27-30 month review was introduced in Scotland in April 2013. The 27-30 month review is universal and should be offered to every child reaching the appropriate age. Examples of information collected include: development (social, behavioural, communication, gross motor, vision, hearing), physical measurements (height and weight) and diagnoses / issues (Read coded).

It is important that there is high coverage of the review to ensure that there is the opportunity to improve children's outcomes. One of the overall priorities identified in the national guidance document is the 'promotion of strong early child development'.

Coverage of the 27-30 month review and results of developmental assessment have been published for 2013/14 and 2014/15. Statistics are presented by NHS Board of Residence, Local Authority, and also by deprivation, gender, and ethnicity.

ISD produced a working paper Download PDF file [347 Kb] on the use of different developmental assessment questionnaires within 27-30 month reviews in NHS Boards across Scotland in November 2014.


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