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  • Gee Mong
    Tuesday 5 April 2022 at 6:21

    Young child development worrying, says Ofsted boss

    Young children's development, following the pandemic, has been "particularly worrying", the chief inspector of Ofsted has said.

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    In a report on the recovery of children, Amanda Spielman said there were "lingering challenges".

    The report said nurseries flagged babies with "limited vocabularies" and struggling to understand facial expressions.

    The government said it was continuing to invest in education.

    Ofsted's report was based on inspections of 70 early years providers in England in January and February.

    Speaking to the BBC, Ms Spielman said the report unveiled a variety of challenges for young children, including some struggling with potty-training.

    She said: "We are seeing difficulties with social interaction and social confidence - children just behind where you would normally expect them to be.

    "And also in physical development - crawling, walking and perhaps related to that also greater obesity."

    The report said a few early years care providers suggested face masks were having a negative impact on young children's language and communication skills.

    "Children turning two years old will have been surrounded by adults wearing masks for their whole lives and have therefore been unable to see lip movements or mouth shapes as regularly," the Ofsted briefing said.

    One nursery said children were talking in voices of cartoons they spent so much time watching.

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