The quality of pre-schools depends on where you live

.

.

First published in News

PRIVATE and voluntary nurseries and preschools for disadvantaged areas and children are lower quality than those for more advantaged areas and children, according to Oxford University research.

The researchers found that the quality gap between nurseries catering for the least and most advantaged three- and four-year-olds is widest in how they support children’s language skills.

The report authors say this finding is significant, because disadvantaged children at the age of five are already nearly a year behind those from wealthier backgrounds.

This is in terms of their vocabulary, and the gap increases as they move through school.

The research says this suggests that children most in need of good quality early years teaching are the least likely to receive it.

Lead author Sandra Mathers said: “This research highlights the challenges involved in ensuring that the children who most need good quality early years provision actually receive it.

“It is vital that we equip nurseries and pre-schools with the tools and support they need to help disadvantaged children overcome the odds and reach their full potential.”

The researchers suggest the difference may be related to the number of graduates who are working in nurseries and pre-schools.

Top News
• Our top stories:

Cuts and rising care demands putting more children at risk

Oxford Mail:

8:30am Tuesday 30th June 2015

THE man in charge of the county’s children’s services has warned a surge in cases on the back of Operation Bullfinch and other child abuse scandals is leading to huge pressure on his department.

Update: Tunisia beach massacre victim being treated at Oxford hospital after being flown back to RAF Brize Norton

Oxford Mail:

10:36am Tuesday 30th June 2015

ONE of the victims of the Tunisian beach massacre is being treated at the John Radcliffe Hospital in Oxford.

Mourners pay their respects to much-loved Aown Dogar

Oxford Mail:

9:00am Tuesday 30th June 2015

A TEENAGER who was the “life and soul” of his family was given a heartfelt farewell from hundreds of mourners yesterday.

Get the suncream ready as a heatwave hits Oxfordshire

Oxford Mail:

9:00am Tuesday 30th June 2015

A MINI heatwave will hit Oxfordshire this week, with temperatures set to reach 30C tomorrow.

Police call on charities for help supporting victims

Oxford Mail:

8:30am Tuesday 30th June 2015

CHARITIES and voluntary organisations could increasingly help Thames Valley Police tackle crimes such as rape in the future, the force’s new chief constable has said.

Ceremony honours veteran ‘whose colour saved his life’

Oxford Mail:

8:00am Tuesday 30th June 2015

A BLACK RAF veteran who said his skin colour saved his life in Nazi-occupied Europe will be remembered at a ceremony in Thame today.

Comments (2)

Please log in to enable comment sorting

6:19am Thu 29 May 14

Sandy Wimpole-Smythe says...

The quality of pre-schools depends on where you live




No sh*t Shelock, it;s the same for schools.
The quality of pre-schools depends on where you live No sh*t Shelock, it;s the same for schools. Sandy Wimpole-Smythe
  • Score: 0

6:23am Thu 29 May 14

Sandy Wimpole-Smythe says...

*Sherlock
*Sherlock Sandy Wimpole-Smythe
  • Score: 0

Comments are closed on this article.

Send us your news, pictures and videos

Most read stories

Local Info

Enter your postcode, town or place name

About cookies

We want you to enjoy your visit to our website. That's why we use cookies to enhance your experience. By staying on our website you agree to our use of cookies. Find out more about the cookies we use.

I agree