Early years education boosts cardiac health, study says

The TES is reporting research that suggests the more early years education children receive, the less likely they are to develop heart disease in later life…

…Academics from two US universities followed 615 children from birth. By the age of 15, the children who had attended preschool had lower systolic blood pressure and arterial pressure than their peers who had been cared for by parents or childminders, the researchers found. These readings indicate a reduced risk of heart attacks and cardiovascular disease.

While the amount of time spent in school made a difference to later health, the quality of the education received there did not. The academics found that class size, teaching quality and the teachers’ own education had no impact on children’s blood pressure or BMI…

For the full story, get the 24 April edition of TES

 

See more detail from the TES at: How early years education boosts cardiac health

This is fascinating – how might you explain these findings (bearing in mind that the researchers apparently controlled for background, parental income, race and sex)?

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