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The Early Years: Foundations for life, health and learning

An Independent Report on the Early Years Foundation Stage to Her Majesty’s Government

The evidence is clear that children’s experiences in their early years strongly influence their outcomes in later life, across a range of areas from health and social behaviour to their employment and educational attainment.The most recent neuroscientific evidence highlights the particular importance of the first three years of a child’s life. A strong start in the early years increases the probability of positive outcomes in later life; a weak foundation significantly increases the risk of later difficulties.