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Pre-schoolers “set back decades” if their brains are not adequately stimulated before starting formal schooling, new study says

A new Save the Children study says that every nursery in England should have a qualified early years teacher to help toddlers develop skills like speech and language.

  • Almost 130,000 children in England last year were falling behind in language abilities before reaching school - meaning six children in every class struggled
  • Of 1,000 surveyed parents 47% said they hoped their child would know 100 words by their third birthday (only half the recommended number)
  • 56% of parents felt they had not had enough help and advice to understand their child’s early learning.

“Toddlers’ brains are like sponges, absorbing knowledge and making new connections faster than at any other time in life” Save the Children’s direct of UK poverty

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