The Early Years


This morning.

The youngest children have been most affected by lockdowns and closures during the Covid pandemic, new UK research finds.

Via The Guardian:

The research – published by the Education Endowment Foundation – found parents and teachers concerned that children in England were struggling with their emotional wellbeing as well as their ability to learn language and numeracy skills, after starting in reception classes after the earlier spring lockdown.

Teachers who spoke to the researchers said the disruption had left some infants with “low self-esteem and confidence”, and that more children than previously “feel overwhelmed” by learning.

Others highlighted increased behaviour problems seen when children returned to school, with some “biting, hitting, unable to share”, leading to teachers having to focus more on helping children settle back into school.

Ruth Coleman, headteacher at Highfield school in Ipswich, said: “When children returned to our nursery after the pandemic, many struggled with vital aspects of early years development, such as personal touch, or coping in bigger groups of children.

Younger children most affected by Covid lockdowns, new research finds (The Guardian)



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17 thoughts on “The Early Years

  1. Shostoppah

    Yes anyone could have told you this. We saw it at the start. Competent parents adjusted and ensured their kids were resilient through the lockdowns.

    This Bob fella must be absolutely exhausted.

    1. Micko

      “Competent parents adjusted”

      I’m sure that was super easy for parents who work in Tesco’s / Aldi etc

      1. Janet, dreams of an alternate universe

        I read compétant as those who said Fupp that and arranged play dates because every other tribe of child was out playing a hooley anyhow

        1. Shostoppah

          Bada bing! This,
          I kept my child socially active as often as possible with a limited group
          Very well adjusted child now

          1. K. Cavan

            And do you work a zero-hours contract, Shos? I’d imagine not, judging by your judgemental bourgeois arrogance.

      2. Mad

        Do you still sit there by the phone wishing broadsheet would do more of these stories Micko?

          1. Mad

            I just find it amazing that you’re allegedly physically in “mainland Europe” Micko yet in your own tiny week head you’re stuck in rural Co. Lilliput

          2. Micko

            Allegedly… I’m sure

            Ah, unfortunately as a self employedeneer. Yer never really on holiday. Laptop always in the bag.

            Ho hum.

        1. K. Cavan

          That’s right, Nilbert, wee man & look at Micko now, riddled with the covitt & posting from the afterlife.

    1. K. Cavan

      Yes, Giddy & by 2012, at the instigation of the WHO, every country in The West had an actual, thought-out, written-down Pandemic Reaction Plan, which got dumped when the World’s Foremost Expert On Pandemics, Bill Gates, showed up, waving his billions.
      Those plans, of course, had the disadvantage of not easing us into The Great Reset nor promoting Anal Schwab’s Fourf Indistwial Wevolution. Worse, they wouldn’t have involved any depopulation or Big Pharma windfall profits.

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