Change the story for the UK's poorest children

No child should be left behind because of how much their parents earn. But in the UK today that's exactly what's happening.  A fifth of 7-year-olds from poorer families are already behind in reading. Most struggle to catch up, leading to a lifetime of lower qualifications and fewer opportunities. 

Seven is too young to fail. We're determined to change the story for children but we can't do it without you. Join us today.


Read our new report Too Young to Fail to find out how the UK is failing its poorest children.

How we'll change the story

We are aiming to recruit 20,000 change makers over the next 4 years to give us their time, money or voice and help us reach children in their first chapters of life, giving them a better chance of fulfilling their potential.

We are launching Born to Read – a programme in which volunteers go into school to read to children. By 2017, we intend to reach 23,000 disadvantaged children, in addition to the more than 50,000 children we want to reach with our FAST programme by that point.

We are also calling on the government to prioritise young children from poorer backgrounds in the first few years of school.

What you can do to help

We can't achieve all we want for the UK's children without your support. Please join us as we change the story for our poorest children by becoming one of our change makers.

In the months and years ahead we'll be asking you to campaign for change, fundraise and get involved.

Together we can make sure every child in the UK is born with a chance.

At Save the Children, we know that the early years of life are crucial for giving every child the chance to shine and eventually, to fulfil their potential.

That's why through our Eat, Sleep, Learn, Play programme we're giving the poorest parents cookers, kitchen utensils, and beds so they can give their children a good start in life.

And with FAST (Families and Schools Together), we're helping schools and parents work together to improve children's educational development.