Services from birth, such as those provided by Sure Start centres, lead to better experiences for children and their families, according to a report published today by Children in Europe magazine.
The report reveals that while most countries put fewer resources into services for the youngest children than other age groups, services from birth provide a huge amount of support to parents and children. Parents develop better parenting skills, the research says, while children receive the social, emotional and educational benefits of learning from their peers.
The report also says that full integrated education and care services are ideal for young children.
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