Benefits for all children
Spending more time in quality early years education between ages two to four can have a positive impact on the cognitive development and social and emotional wellbeing of children, regardless of their social background, new research suggests.
Newly published findings from the UK’s Study of Early Education and Development (SEED), showed children who attended more hours of early childhood education and care per week, between ages two to four, had significant cognitive and development socoi-emotional advantages, compared to others who spent less time in education.
These benefits wer felt regardless of the level of family disadvantage that the child was from.
Oxford University Professor Edward Melhuish said: “Children that attended high quality formal group early childhood settings, were found to have increased non verbal cognitive development and less behavioural problems by age four, such as better behavioural self regulation and fewer peer problems.”