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A crucial stage of life in terms of children's physical, intellectual, emotional, and social development and well‐being, internationally recognized as the years 0–8, when growth is both rapid and differential. A significantly high proportion of learning takes place between the ages of 0 and 6, and it is a period of time when children need particularly high‐quality care and learning experiences from attuned adults and an appropriate environment. See also Early Years Foundation Stage.

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Annie Woods

Subjects: Education.


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