Journal article

Children's mathematical and verbal competence in different early education and care programmes in Australia

Claudia Hildenbrand, Frank Niklas, Caroline Cohrssen, Collette Tayler

JOURNAL OF EARLY CHILDHOOD RESEARCH | SAGE PUBLICATIONS INC | Published : 2017

Abstract

This study investigated the relationship between children’s attendance at different types of early childhood education and care programmes and their mathematical and verbal skills. Analyses of data from 1314 children participating in an Australian longitudinal study, the E4Kids project, revealed no relationship between children’s verbal ability and the early childhood education and care programme attended, but mathematics results tell a different story. At the first measurement, children who consistently attended only informal care outperformed children who either consistently attended a formal early childhood education and care service type or attended a mix of formal and informal care. The..

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Funding Acknowledgements

This work was supported by a fellowship of the Research and Study Program on Education in Early Childhood of the foundation Robert Bosch Stiftung and a fellowship within the Postdoctoral Programme of the German Academic Exchange Services (DAAD).