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Sharing, caring, daring: social-emotional development at age five

Social-emotional skills, such as curiosity and empathy, support early cognitive development as well as affecting long-term outcomes like income and mental health.

New data from the OECD International Early Learning and Child Well-being Study (IELS) show gender and socio-economic gaps in children’s early social-emotional skills development.

Find out more in the OECD IELS' latest publication, Sharing, caring, daring: Social-emotional development at age five. You can also watch Andreas Schleicher, OECD Director for Education and Skills, and Rowena Phair, Project Leader of IELS, present key findings from the publication here.

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