Pre-school helps with children's development until they reach 14, a new study has claimed.
While there are many factors that lead to academic success, a positive experience in nursery can be of benefit.
The research was carried out by the Institute of Education (IoE) and showed that parents should focus on learning from a young age.
Entitled Effective Pre-school, Primary and Secondary Education, it discovered that working class mums and dads who promote high aspirations and standards for their kids can help them to be successful academically.
"Spending any time on homework on a regular basis on school nights showed benefits for both attainment and progress," the IoE explained.
Children were also found to do better if they enjoyed the experience of going to school, while spending two-to-three hours a night on homework led to a direct improvement in English, science and maths grades.
The report pointed to the fact more time needs to be spent personalising the curriculum to suit those pupils deemed to be vulnerable in order to help them succeed.