More than a third of five-year-olds are struggling to communicate – or understand the basics of reading and writing – because of key failures in early years care, it was revealed in OSTED's annual report earlier this week. Record numbers of young children – some 96 per cent – were currently in some form of pre-school education but it warned that “significant weaknesses” remain in terms of how well providers use the Government’s early years curriculum to “prepare children for school”.
In a damning conclusion, it was claimed that children from the poorest fifth of homes were on average 19 months behind wealthier classmates in their use of vocabulary by the age of five.
The gulf between rich and poor was wider than in most other major English-speaking nations, it was revealed.
From this it appears that the situation hasn't moved on despite the best efforts put in place since the Bercow report.
Our Smart Talkers pre-School Communication Groups run in Children's Centres and also nurseries to help develop language and communication skills to reduce the gap between these children. We have excellent results. We will be reporting on a project in the Lichfield area that we are currently doing, soon.