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Have you discovered the big benefits of ELC?

There’s loads of research that says children who attend high quality Early Learning and Childcare (ELC) develop faster. The calming and positive influence that ELC offers in fun, friendly and safe environments can help little minds and bodies grow.

And give parents some well-earned time to focus on other things, like training, study or work, recharging your batteries – or just getting other things done!

Image of a child sitting at a table, solving a colourful puzzle.

Image of a child sitting at a table, solving a colourful puzzle.

The big benefits for little people

That first time your wee one’s in a nursery or with a childminder can be a challenge for both of you. But it can also be the best decision for everyone. A new environment with new faces and new experiences can be just what your child needs to help them learn and become more confident. They’ll come back each day full of excitement and desperate to tell you what they made, learned and ate!

ELC child benefits in a nutshell

  • Improving language and social skills.
  • Encouraging your child to learn through play with other children.
  • Enhancing their learning journey with benefits that they take forward into school.
Image of one child sitting at a table while other child serves her toy food.

Image of one child sitting at a table while other child serves her toy food.

Image of three children crouching on grass, with one child holding a twig.

Image of three children crouching on grass, with one child holding a twig.

  • There's a wide range of experiences to excite and delight them.
  • Playing with other children encourages your child to be physically active.
  • Your child can take the lead in their own learning and go at their own pace.

The big benefits for big people

The time your child spends there having fun and learning can be massively useful to mums, dads and carers. Just having some time out and the chance to catch your breath can be reason enough. A few hours can give you the chance to do some work, shopping, or just get essential stuff done.

ELC wins for parents:

  • It gives parents the time to train, study or work.
  • Provides more time during the day to get other things done.
  • It offers parents extra time to look for work or increase their working hours.
Image of an adult and a child sitting at a table in a playroom, spreading tomato sauce on pizza dough.

Image of an adult and a child sitting at a table in a playroom, spreading tomato sauce on pizza dough.

Image of an adult and two children sitting at a table and smiling at each other in a playroom.

Image of an adult and two children sitting at a table and smiling at each other in a playroom.

  • It can give you ideas for fun learning experiences to try out at home.
  • It helps to support your child's learning and development at home.
  • It's perfect for meeting other parents, sharing tips and widening your support base.