Oxleas expert on Channel 4’s Secret Life of Four, Five and Six Year Olds

The Secret life of Four, Five and Six Year olds
The Secret life of Four, Five and Six Year olds

Ground-breaking television programme The Secret Life of Four Year Olds has a new name and a new expert – from Oxleas.

Dr Elizabeth Kilbey, our consultant clinical psychologist from the Oxleas Adult Autism Spectrum Disorder Assessment team, was one of three experts chosen to watch and comment on the children’s behaviour.

The Thursday evening documentary is now called The Secret life of Four, Five and Six Year olds to reflect the different age groups they observed for the six-week series.

She joins Dr Sam Wass, a developmental psychologist from Cambridge and Professor Paul Howard-Jones, an educational neuroscientist from the University of Bristol.

Between them, the experts watched children over six weeks, giving commentary on what they did, said and how they behaved towards each other.

The children are filmed with microphones clipped to them, so you can hear every word – getting an unprecedented insight into how they understand the world and develop.

Children's personalities and behaviour

The children are set tasks, encouraged to join in with play and their reactions observed, giving the viewer an insight into how they think and feel, highlighting the differences in their personalities and behaviour.

When asked why she wanted to take part, Dr Kilbey said: “I love watching children at that age to observe their development. It was a one-off opportunity to see them interact, develop, manage their behaviour and make choices.

“The three experts all have a great interest and passion in this field so to be a part of such an exciting television project was something we couldn’t turn down.

The programme is on Thursday evenings at 8pm on Channel 4.

You can find more information about the programme on the Channel 4 website, plus parents’ resources.

Please note:

Elizabeth cannot take direct calls from the media or public.

Parents are advised to contact their GP with any concerns and their GP can make a referral for further assessment and support as needed.

Published on 25th November 2015