Parents can boost preschool children’s progress by five months, toolkit reveals

The TES is reporting that a new report suggests children whose parents take an active interest in their education from an early age are likely to make more progress than their peers…

An early years toolkit published today by the Education Endowment Foundation (EEF) reveals that a child’s progress can be boosted by five months over a year if their parents get involved in their education – by reading and talking with them at home, for example.

The toolkit analyses evidence about methods of boosting achievement among young children in a bid to help nurseries and preschools improve the learning of disadvantaged three- and four-year-olds.

A previous study by social mobility charity the Sutton Trust found that the poorest children can be up to 19 months behind their wealthier classmates when they start school at age 5.

The toolkit brings together findings from more than 1,600 studies on 12 topics, including communication and language, self-regulation strategies and extra hours.

Actively engaging parents in supporting their preschool children’s learning ranges from running parent workshops to intensive family support, and has consistently been associated with future academic success, the report says…

More at: Parents can boost preschool children’s progress by five months, toolkit reveals

 

Access the Early Years Toolkit from the EEF here

 

I guess there is no surprise here but the challenge is how to encourage more parents – especially more disadvantaged ones – into providing this kind of support. Any approaches you’ve used that have appeared successful? Please share in the comments or via Twitter…

More broadly, the Toolkit dashboard suggests the most bang for the buck probably comes from communication and language approaches with a potential 6 month impact, strong supporting evidence and a relatively very low cost. Your thoughts?

 

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Comments

  1. andylutwyche

    SchoolsImprove The educational Sherlock Holmes has been busy again! I sound like a stuck record: teachers have been saying this for years..

  2. andylutwyche

    SchoolsImprove The educational Sherlock Holmes has been busy again! I sound like a stuck record: teachers have been saying this for years..

  3. @andylutwyche SchoolsImprove It would be very useful if you could set out your personal ‘manifesto for education’, perhaps as an article.
    The central message of your posts appears to be:teachers already know enough about teaching, leave them to do it
    most research is a waste of time
    most government policies are wrong

    I’m sure that you have better developed ideas than this, but the Tweet format does not allow you to show what they are.

  4. @andylutwyche SchoolsImprove It would be very useful if you could set out your personal ‘manifesto for education’, perhaps as an article.
    The central message of your posts appears to be:teachers already know enough about teaching, leave them to do it
    most research is a waste of time
    most government policies are wrong

    I’m sure that you have better developed ideas than this, but the Tweet format does not allow you to show what they are.

  5. Nor_edu

    andylutwyche SchoolsImprove no surprise here, but worried what might be done with EEF findings – school from 6 months for deprived babies?

  6. As Andy says, this has been known for years.  But how to help culturally and economically deprived families to regularly talk with their children from birth and later on read to them?  I have argued for primary schools to have a stake in Sure Start centres – but only when the shackles of government are removed from primary education.  See http://www.labourneedsapolicyfortodaysprimaryschools.com/pure-ed-sure-start/

  7. One wonders why some people have children if they do not realise that they need to be talked to/read to/played with. What a sad reflection on families and society.

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