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Last August, spark was invited to audit the progress of children whose parents used spark@HOME and those who didn’t to see if there was any difference in the children’s progress as they were leaving for school.
After looking at all the children they ranged in ages from ‘just 4’ to ‘rising 5’, they all also attended different amounts of time. So the scope was too large to make good comparisons. However, spark found two who were the most similar
Child A and Child B.
They were both 4 years 8 months old and came from similar backgrounds; a nuclear family.
They both attended equal sessions and began within 8 weeks of each other.
Both children attended the same number of hours over the same days of the week at the nursery and don’t go anywhere else.
Child A - Parents had never logged on
Child B - Parents from the very start used spark@HOME
What did this show me?
Spark was amazed at the results (see Chart)
Overall there was 10 months difference in the children’s development.
Child A having made the most progress.
The most significant areas affected was Communication and Language and Understanding the World.
Spark are so confident of the benefits for nurseries and children and these results agree.