Good quality pre-schools are start of lifelong learning

14th December 2015

There was an interesting article in the Sunday Times yesterday about a research project at Oxford University, which follows on from previous research on pre-school provision. The study shows that children who are ‘turned-on’ to learning in their pre-school years will go on to achieve greater academic success. The Early Years Foundation Stage now has a real emphasis on practitioners looking at how children learn, as well as what they learn, which we describe as ‘characteristics of effective learning’. It’s always good to know we’re on the right track!

Have a read of the article for yourself:

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Sarah Steel
Sarah Steel
Sarah Steel established The Old Station Nursery in 2002 and now has 6 nurseries in the Lincoln and Oxfordshire area. She is passionate about childcare and providing safe environments for children which make both them and their parents happy.


9:37 am.January 15, 2016

Hi Sarah

I read your blog on the importance of pre-school learning shaping the development and levels of engagement that children will adopt towards learning as they get older.

It made me realise just how vital pre-school learning is and the terrific work you and many other nurseries and childcare providers are doing to ensure that children get the best start in life.

Having recently become a mum myself it is certainly something I will be more aware of.

Thank you for bringing it to my attention.

Kind regards


10:35 pm.March 31, 2016

me too Donna,

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