Early language skills are key to children’s later success
As mums, we all want our children to get the best possible start in life. A new study by Save the Children has found that children with poorer language skills at age five are more likely to struggle with maths by the time they are 11. The researchers emphasised that poor language skills could affect all children regardless of family background. Nearly a quarter of children who struggled with language at five did not achieve the expected standard in their SATS later on.
Even though poor language skills can affect all children, the UK’s poorest children are less likely to start school with the ability to tell a short story, express feelings or communicate with others easily. The charity hopes that the research will help to kick off discussions about how to up the quality of nursery provisions, as this is where children first begin to use language. There would need to be an extra 11,000 graduates employed in order to have all nurseries led by specialist early years teachers.
The government is currently working on extending free nursery provisions from 15 hours to 30 hours for children with working parents.