Early years education aims to ensure that young children have high-quality learning experiences before they start school.
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.
Early Years Toolkit
Our Early Years Toolkit – an accessible summary of educational research – aims to help early years practitioners use their resources to improve learning outcomes, particularly for disadvantaged children.
More than 1,500 individual studies are grouped into 12 important topics, each summarised in terms of the average impact on: (1) attainment, (2) the strength of the supporting evidence, and (3) the cost.
Further details about each topic in the Early Years Toolkit can be found by clicking on the individual strands.
You can access it here.