Pandemic hit early education of disadvantaged children hardest, research finds

“Considerably more” children from ethnic minority and disadvantaged backgrounds have missed out on formal early learning during the Covid-19 pandemic compared with their peers, new research has found. The number of children attending early childhood education and care settings in autumn 2021 dropped to 90 per cent of expected levels based on pre-pandemic patterns, a study on the impact of Covid-19 on early education reveals. Latest local authority figures, published by the Department for Education, continues to show “substantial variation” in attendance rates among different local authority areas, the report Implications of COVID for Early Childhood Education and Care in England, funded by the Nuffield Foundation, states. Read more.

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