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Poor language skills impact children's attainment

New research published by Read On. Get On. - a coalition of leading charities, teachers, parents and businesses - shows that England's poorest boys are hit hardest by a "language skills gap". The Ready to Read report reveals that up to a third of poor children are starting school without the language skills they need to learn.

The report shows that one in four of all children, and one in three of the poorest, fall behind in picking up crucial language skills by age 5. A warning from the coalition is that without investment in nursery quality to boost early language skills, the government will be unable to tackle the attainment gap for the poorest children. Read On. Get On. is calling for government investment to boost nursery staff skills to improve language development.

PACEY's Chief Executive was involved in the call for evidence for the report, and PACEY supports the work of the coalition.

PACEY members have access to a number of resources and materials to help them support children's language development, no matter their childcare setting.

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