Mind the gap
Findings from the comprehensive Effective Provision of Pre-School Education research project back up the Government's early-years policies (see page 11). They show conclusively that high-quality early education does make a difference, particularly for poor children. Integrated centres and dedicated state nursery schools tend to be the most effective.
Nevertheless, local authorities continue to see closing nursery schools as a reasonable way to save money. So thinking is still not joined up enough.