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The long-term benefits of early learningResearch shows that the long-term benefits of early learning covers both cognitive and social development. The first five years of a child’s life is a time of rapid brain and behavioural development; investing in quality early learning programs areas sets children up to succeed later in life.

This is a critical period where a child develops the foundations for thinking, behaving and emotional wellbeing. Play-based learning in those critical early years encourages language and pre-literacy skills, develops their social and emotional skills, and fosters creativity and imagination. Here are some of the long-term benefits of early learning.

Impact on socialisation

A recent study found there was a lasting, positive effect on appropriate behaviour, social interaction and the emotional maturity in children who received a quality early education. This early introduction gives them the ability to interact with others from diverse backgrounds and form positive relationships with educators.

Improved performance

Mounting evidence suggests quality early childhood education programs boost cognitive developmentand that children who attend three or more years of early years learning perform better in Year 4 maths, science and reading. They also report higher levels of literacy and numeracy understanding in children aged 11 and 16.

Lower risk of developing learning difficulties

There is evidence to support that children who have access to quality early years education have a reduced need to access special education in the primary and secondary years.

Grade retention

Another study shows the link between boosting academic performance through early years learning and grade retention in the school years. This study examined the long-term effect of a particular pre-kindergarten program on middle school students. Those who were held back a year were less likely to perform well academically.

Attendance and completion rates

There is also evidence to suggest that children with access to quality pre-primary learning programs are more likely to complete school and less likely to have attendance issues.

The quality and amount of early learning a child’s participates in can have significant impact on their long-term cognitive and social outcomes. Structured programs, led by quality educators in play-based learning environments lay the critical foundation for thinking, behaving and emotional wellbeing.


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