Independence and good social skills are more important than good grades for young children (and even teachers agree)
Forget times tables, the ABCs and spelling tests, parents place more importance on their little ones being confident and interacting with other children than doing well academically.
More than 2000 UK childcare workers, parents and teachers rated social skills and independence higher than academic skills of children up to age five in a recent survey.
The survey took place as part of wider research by childcare group Pacey (the Professional Association for Childcare and Early Years)
A child’s curiosity to learn new things was also rated as an essential quality, but only 26 per cent of parents and four per cent of teachers said reading, writing and arithmetic were essential qualities in young children.
So if your toddler isn't quite getting into story time just yet, don't worry.
What do you think are the most important skills for your child? Let us know below.