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New research reveals that 65 per cent of parents of Reception-age children believe that two years of lockdown has negatively impacted their child's development.

The findings are taken from a survey of 250 parents of children starting school in September by parenting programme Triple P.

Parents surveyed highlighted how their children have missed out on play dates and attending playgroups and pre-school settings during lockdowns, which they claimed have held them back. They also said how they themselves had been unable to build their own parenting support network.

More than a third said they thought their child is behind developmentally, academically and socially.

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