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February 23, 2022 Wednesday 03:31:21 PM IST

Impact of school closures on preschool children during Covid-19

The school closures during the pandemic led to severe disruptions in educational systems. Preschoolers who needed more educational support for early math and literacy performance found it hard to compensate at home because they require teaching expertise, appropriate activities and materials, and quality stimulation from caregivers.  

The cognitive and motor development skills of children at age five suffered the most followed by their attitudes towards learning. Stay-at-home measures also led to a drastic decrease in physical activity which may explain the underdevelopment of motor skills.  The children suffered developmental losses which will affect their further educational progress.