STV News is reporting that a charity has claimed that toddlers struggling with their first words is the biggest thing affecting child development in Scotland.
The most recent Scottish Government figures from 27-30 month child health checks found difficulties in speech, language and communication was the area with most concerns recorded.
A total of 14% of children of the nearly 60,000 surveyed had problems in this area.
Save the Children policy manager Vicky Crichton said while most children in Scotland were developing well, “a significant number of children are showing signs of struggling before they have even reached their third birthday”.
“At the moment, poverty is damaging too many children’s education before they have even set foot in a classroom.
“If we’re serious about closing the gap we must seize the chance to take action – not just in our schools, but to support children’s learning in their first few months and years.”
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