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Nursery school teachers should ensure children have eye tests.

Nursery school teachers should ensure children have eye tests.

Nursery school teachers should make sure that children have eye tests as one in ten could be suffering from undiagnosed conditions, the Sutton Trust has said. 

Three- and four-year-olds from deprived households are less likely to have seen an optician and  their peers from wealthier families, the social mobility charity warned, adding that  poor eyesight will prevent youngsters from learning to read. 

A new report by the Education Endowment Foundation (EEF), which is part of the Sutton Trust, urges early years professionals to ensure that children have seen an optician and given glasses or the whatever it is they need before they start school at age four. 

The EEF said that around 13 per cent of children could have undiagnosed eye conditions which could “hold back the development of their literacy skills”.

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