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Parenting Classes in Junior Schools Recommended in U.K. Report

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Dec. 3 (Bloomberg) -- David Cameron’s government is being urged to introduce parenting classes in Britain’s junior schools to improve the prospects of future generations of children.

A government-commissioned report by opposition Labour lawmaker Frank Field, published today, also suggested the publication of “life-chance indicators” to measure how successful the authorities are in helping poorer children. It said the government should focus on the first five years of a child’s life.

The report also proposed spending money on projects aimed at the under-fives rather than increasing welfare payments. It said the level of nurture parents provide is more important to a child’s prospects than their jobs or incomes.

“Later interventions to help poorly performing children can be effective but, in general, the most effective and cost-effective way to help and support young families is in the earliest years of a child’s life,” Field said in the report.

To contact the reporter on this story: Robert Hutton in London at rhutton1@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story: James Hertling at jhertling@bloomberg.net.

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