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Early years

Our work in early years seeks to understand and evaluate how children and families can be best supported to develop their skills.

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There are already significant skills gaps by family circumstances by the time children start school. This restricts opportunities for children from more deprived backgrounds to achieve their full potential.

Our projects engage with:

  • how and when key skills are developed
  • how best to provide high-quality early childhood education through professional development
  • the use of educational technology to improve basic skills in early years.

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