Cambridge, the world’s largest provider of international education programs, is launching its first early years education program which will help support early childhood schooling in Kenya in children as young as 3.
The new play-based program, which has been developed following a successful rollout in India, has been expertly designed to give children aged 3 to 6 the best start in life, helping them meet key early milestones and thrive in and out of school.
Cambridge Early Years will form the first stage in the Cambridge Pathway, a high-quality and joined-up path for educational success for children aged 3 to 19.
Multiple studies confirm that education during the early years is crucial. Research from the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development’s (OECD) International Early Learning and Child Well-being Study shows that, among other benefits, a high-quality early childhood education and care (ECEC), compared to an average one, can double the growth in children’s verbal comprehension.
The decision to expand its education pathway will see Cambridge help schools in Kenya and around the world strengthen their early years education provision, something it believes will reap dividends for parents and teachers as children progress through their school careers.
Rod Smith, Group Managing Director for International Education at Cambridge commented: “We all know that the early years of a child’s life are crucial to their development. Research shows that the better we support children at this stage, the more positive impact we can have on their future. Our new Cambridge Early Years program draws on Cambridge’s unrivaled expertise in high-quality education to help schools in Kenya give children as many exciting learning experiences as possible – making the most of this key phase of brain development and getting children off to a good start in life.”
Juan Visser, Regional Director, Sub-Saharan Africa for International Education at Cambridge, added: “We know that good early years education can benefit a child’s whole academic career and so I’m thrilled that we are adding this new stage to the Cambridge Pathway – it’s what schools have been asking for. Our Cambridge Early Years program brings together the best approaches from around the world with extensive teacher support. We want to help schools in Kenya support children’s long-term development and help them be ready for the world.”