SEN risk reduced by early years education

Good quality early years services can reduce the risk of pre-school
children having special educational needs, according to new
research. The study funded by the DfES found that a third of
children entering pre-school had low cognitive attainment, but this
was reduced to a fifth by the time they entered school. Children
who had no experience of pre-school education had a higher risk of
having special educational needs. Integrated centres and nursery
schools were particularly beneficial to children with poor
cognitive development, while integrated centres, nursery classes
and playgroups helped those with poor peer sociability.

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