Nursery is better for children’s development than a nanny, major Oxford University study finds

Nursery is better for children’s development than a nanny, a major Oxford University study has found.

 

Regardless of how rich the home learning environment is, it is more beneficial for a two-year-old’s development for them to be sent to nursery school, a playgroup or a child minder, according to a new piece of research.

 

A study of 6,000 children has found that sending toddlers to some form of creche has a “significant positive effect” on  their language and socio-emotional development.

 

“The benefits of early education and care were found regardless of a child’s family level of disadvantage,” the report found.  “Specifically education and care with childminders at age two had a significant positive effect on children’s language development and behaviour at the age of three.  

 

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