By Sarah Farquhar
Attending preschool has absolutely no statistically significant effect on children from more advantaged home backgrounds suggesting it is not cost effective for taxpayer funding to go to paying for children from middle and upper-class backgrounds to attend an early childhood programme.
But an early childhood education benefits children from disadvantaged backgrounds in their academic achievement during school years.
This is a key finding from a very comprehensive study of a large cohort of some 15,000 children. The children in the study sample were followed until the age of 21.
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