Barnardos. (2010). Early Childhood Care and Education. https://knowledge.barnardos.ie/handle/20.500.13085/668
Early childhood is a time of great opportunity for learning and early interventions
which promote social and educational development are well proven to be beneficial
to children providing both short and long term benefits. In fact, high quality Early
Childhood Care and Education (ECCE) delivers long-term dividends to children,
families and society and as a result are more cost effective than later remediation 1.
While every child can benefit from quality ECCE, for children living in poverty it can
be an escape route out of the intergenerational cycle of poverty2. Participation in
quality ECCE improves children’s social and emotional development, readiness for
school and overall school performance.
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