Help give all our children the best start in life

Every child deserves the chance to fulfil their potential. But right now too many children, especially boys, are falling behind before they even get to school. Together, we can change this: we're asking the government to invest in children’s futures by delivering world class childcare. Join us.

Children at a nursery in Lancashire
Nursery manager Rebecca helps children learn at a nursery in Lancashire.

During their early years, children learn so much – discovering through play, starting to speak and learning to understand others.

These skills are vital when they get into the classroom. But too many children are starting school without them, particularly boys and those growing up in poverty.

In fact, our recent research shows that boys in England are twice as likely as girls to fall behind by age five.

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Last year in England, 80,000 boys started school struggling to express themselves, speak in full sentences, or understand simple instructions from parents, teachers and friends.

Many of these children never catch up, with potentially devastating consequences for their futures. As they get older, they can struggle at school, leading to poorer prospects in the world of work.

Why we need world class early years education

As a country we need to give parents the right support to help children learn at home during these critical early years. High-quality childcare, delivered by skilled staff, has also proved to make a huge difference. 

That’s why we’re calling on politicians across the UK to do more to improve the life chances of our youngest children, especially in the most disadvantaged areas.

We’re asking them to invest in children’s futures by supporting parents and making sure staff have what they need to deliver world-class childcare.

Will you join us? Together we can demand a better start for all our children.