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Curiosity Corner

Moderate for Primary reading
Limited for Primary maths

Intervention description

Curiosity Corner is a comprehensive early childhood cognitive-developmental programme developed by the Success for All Foundation. It aims to develop the attitudes, skills, and knowledge necessary for later school success. Specifically, it targets the development of children's oral language and literacy as well as their cognitive, mathematical, social, personal, creative and physical development.

The programme comprises two sets of 36 weekly thematic units, one for three-year-olds and one for four-year-olds. Each day, teachers present children with learning experiences through sequential daily activities, some of which are child-initiated. The programme provides training, support, and teaching materials for teaching staff and administrators. Parents are encouraged to participate in children's learning through activities both inside and outside the classroom. Curiosity Corner can be tailored to suit either half-day or full-day nursery timetables, and has been designed to meet the EYFS Statutory Framework with opportunities for children to work towards the early learning goals across the six areas of learning.

Professional development/training

The full Success for All model includes four years of training and support.

Evidence Summary

The studies found a mean effect size of +0.14 for primary reading, +0.18 for primary maths and +0.16 for primary speaking and listening.

Moderate for Primary reading
No. of studies 2
No. of students 847
Average effect size +0.14
Limited for Primary maths
No. of studies 1
No. of students 215
Average effect size +0.18

Key research

The Best Evidence Encyclopaedia (2009) rated Curiosity Corner as having strong evidence of effectiveness for early childhood with significant differences in literacy.

The What Works Clearinghouse (2008) found Curiosity Corner to have no discernible effects on oral language, print knowledge, phonological processing, cognition, and mathematics achievement.

Chambers, Chamberlain, Hurley and Slavin (2001) found significantly higher expressive language abilities in children in the Curiosity Corner classes than their counterparts in the control group.

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