Encouraging Results from Early Years Investment

18 October 2012

Commenting on the Early Years Foundation Stage Profile Results (2011/2012) released yesterday, Anne Longfield OBE, Chief Executive of 4Children said:

The continued improvement in children’s early learning is apparent in today’s Early Years Foundation Stage Profile (EYFS) results. They demonstrate that the investment in early years is paying off, with the percentage of children achieving a good level of development increasing by five percentage points since 2011 (from 59% to 64%).

In particular the improvements in Writing, Reading and Linking Sounds and Letters are strong evidence of the investment in the Government’s programmes to support children’s acquisition of early language.

I am pleased to see the gap between girls and boys continuing to narrow; these results prove that with an effective approach all children can have the best start in life. However as the gap between the most disadvantaged children and their peers remained stable since 2011, it reinforces the need to continue long term investment in the early years so a system that achieves the best possible outcomes for all young children whatever their social class is developed.”

Notes to Editors

About 4Children

4Children is the national charity all about children and families. We have spearheaded a joined-up, integrated approach to children’s services and work with a wide range of partners around the country to ensure children and families have access to the services and support they need in their communities.

We run Sure Start Children’s Centres as well as family and youth services across Britain.

We develop, influence and shape national policy on all aspects of the lives of children, young people and families. As the Government’s strategic partner for early years and childcare we have a crucial role in co-producing policy with the Department of Education and representing the sector’s views and experiences. Our national campaigns, like Give Me Strength, change policy and practice and put the needs of children and families on the political and policy agenda.

To find out more visit www.4Children.org.uk

For further information please contact Sheetal Morzaria (sheetal.morzaria@4Children.org.uk / 020 7522 6986) or Kieran Lowe (kieran.lowe@4Children.org.uk / 020 7522 6965).

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