A study, available in full here and run by Oxford University’s researches, has concluded that children from various backgrounds are more likely to study AS Levels if they go to preschool.
The study was published by the Department of Education and looked into the academic records of those who attended 141 preschools in England in 1997, comparing them with those who didn’t attend preschool. It concluded that children who have stimulating learning experiences as toddlers are put at an advantage for the rest of their education. This can mean children who had early support from their parents, who are the most likely to achieve better A Levels, or preschools which the study says can go a long way towards offsetting the disadvantage of fewer learning experiences as children.
Principal investigator for the study, Professor Pamela Sammons, explained how the research revealed that ‘preschool boosts a child's chances of doing well at school and going onto to take A-level examinations’ and that ‘a child's educational experiences at home when they are under five really matter to their later academic success.’ This relation between preschool, early learning and later academic success may be an expected one, however the findings of this study proves that investment in preschools is worthwhile and should be encouraged.
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