One of the Government’s key goals is “In 2016, 98% of children starting school will have participated in quality Early Childhood Education (ECE)”. This is one of three Better Public Service goals for vulnerable children.
Children who regularly attend quality ECE benefit in many ways and these benefits extend to their family/whānau and the wider community. Taking part in quality learning builds a strong foundation for children’s ongoing education, supporting them to become healthy, happy and capable people and grow into confident learners as well as form a strong foundation for later learning.
Research also shows that children who have strong oral language go on to achieve more at school and have increased success with literacy and numeracy. Longer term they have more positive outcomes around health, social networks and employment.
Young children develop oral language through experiences and repeated opportunities to have conversations with adults.