Let’s create a better future for children in the UK
Preparing children for the world starts in their very first 5 years. This is when their mind, just like a sponge, absorbs everything in sight – faster than at any other stage in their life. It’s the basis for how they’ll learn, live, and behave.
We previously told you about our plan to collaborate on the monitoring and evaluation of three early years projects we’re supporting through our ‘When I Grow Up‘ programme. A few things have changed since we began but this early stage and the home learning environment remain crucial to a child’s development.
The closure of schools and nurseries due to Covid-19 restrictions over the last 12 months has worsened educational inequality, and in particular the digital divide between disadvantaged children and their peers. Which is why…
The projects we’re supporting right now – Doorstep Library, Tales Toolkit and Parental Engagement Network – are so important.
They look at different ways to help children at home by:
- Encouraging a love of reading for pleasure
- Helping parents get more involved in their children’s communication and language development, using storytelling
- Finding simple, inclusive, and positive ways of learning together