BBC News 22 October 2014
Free part-time pre-school education in England has not led to lasting educational benefits, a study suggests.
The greatest impact, it indicates, was on the poorest children, whose early education foundation stage profile (FSP) scores were boosted by 15 points.
Children’s FSP scores overall were boosted by 2% to 89.3, but this impact had declined by age seven and 11.
And for every six children given a free place by the scheme, only one had started nursery because of it.
The study, by the University of Surrey, University of Essex and the Institute of Education, focused on the free early education entitlement between 2002 and 2007.