Quality early years provision ‘leads to fewer emotional difficulties’

Spending more time in good-quality early years settings helps children develop skills to manage their emotions and build positive relationships with others, research has shown. The results of a long-term study funded by the government also revealed that children who are looked after by an informal carer, such as a relative, have better language development by their fourth birthday. Research conducted as part of the ongoing Study of Early Education and Development (SEED) tracked 3,930 children and their families to discover how different forms of early childhood education and care (ECEC) affect cognitive and socio-emotional development. Read more.

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