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The impact of pre-school on young children's cognitive attainments at entry to reception

Sammons, Pamela and Elliot, Karen and Sylva, Kathy and Melhuish, Edward and Siraj-Blatchford, Iram and Taggart, Brenda (2004) The impact of pre-school on young children's cognitive attainments at entry to reception. British Educational Research Journal, 30 (5). pp. 691-712. ISSN 0141-1926. DOI UNSPECIFIED

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This article explores the impact of pre-school experience on young children's cognitive attainments at entry to primary school and analyses data collected as part of a wider longitudinal study, the Effective Provision of Pre-school Education (EPPE) project, which followed a large sample of young children attending 141 pre-school centres drawn from six types of provider in five English regions. The article compares the characteristics and attainments of the pre-school sample with those of an additional `home' sample (children who had not attended pre-school) recruited at entry to reception. Multilevel analyses of relationships between child, parent and home environment characteristics and children's attainments in pre-reading, early number concepts and language skills are presented. Duration of time in pre-school is found to have a significant and positive impact on attainment over and above important influences such as family socio-economic status, income, mother's qualification level, ethnic and language background. The research also points to the separate and significant influence of the home learning environment. It is concluded that preschool can play an important part in combating social exclusion by offering disadvantaged children, in particular, a better start to primary school.

Item Type: Article
Controlled Keywords: Children (not specific age group), England, Pre-school
Divisions: IOE Departments > Departments > Early Years and Primary Education
Depositing User: IOE Repository Editor (2)
Date Deposited: 21 May 2010 12:43
Last Modified: 29 Jan 2015 08:03
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