– but is it doing it right?

What happens in the years before school is a core focus of countries across the globe, with big promises of a return on investment when children reach adulthood. But Holly Korbey finds that things aren’t as clear-cut as many education ministers would hope

Early childhood education is having a moment – and it’s happening all over the world.

In England, where “a patchwork of government-funded support” has widened the disadvantage gap and left parents facing “eye-wateringly high” childcare costs (according to a recent report by the Institute for Public Policy Research think tank), the push to improve the situation is moving more briskly. Despite an underfunding scandal last year, the government has financed increased hours and has pledged another £180 million over the next three years focused on improving the quality of early childhood teachers. Ofsted, meanwhile, has made the early years the focus of its new five-year strategy, which it published last April.

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