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Gaps between more affluent children and their peers emerge before the age of 5, so efforts to support children’s learning in the early years are likely to be particularly important for children from disadvantaged backgrounds. 

Early education approaches typically include:

  • communication and language activities
  • play-based learning
  • interactive story-book reading, physical and creative activities, and
  • support for parents to encourage learning at home.

Click on the link below for reports, resources and research:

EEF (external site)

Are you ready? Good practice in school readiness is a survey to capture how the most successful Early Years providers ensure disadvantaged and vulnerable children are better prepared to start school. 

Her Majesty’s Inspectors visited children’s centres, childminders, pre-schools, primary and infant schools providing for pupils within the Early Years Foundation Stage. 

The providers were selected because they were successful in achieving good outcomes for children in deprived areas. Click on the report below:


Are you ready? Good Practice in school readiness (pdf 456kb)


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