This review provides an overview of indicators used to research and
measure the well-being of young children from birth to age 8. While there is
no one agreed definition of well-being, experts generally agree that the
term should be used to encompass the developmentally appropriate tasks,
milestones and contexts throughout the life course that are known to
influence current quality of life and happiness and pave the way for future
health and success.
A specific focus on children’s well-being has grown substantially over the
past several decades due, in part, to advancements in data collection and
analysis that have paved the way for the establishment of indicators as a
way of measuring and monitoring well-being over time. Outcomes-based
assessment, of which indicators are a key, is an increasingly important part
of the UK policy landscape.