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Executive functions - Early childhood learning trajectory

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Executive functions enable humans to control impulses, stay focused, prioritise, and achieve our goals. They include 3 higher-order thinking skills that emerge during early childhood: working memory, inhibitory control and cognitive flexibility.

This early childhood learning trajectory looks at children’s progress in executive functions, to help you plan the next steps in their learning and development.

AERO Executive functions - Learning trajectory
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