Julia, 4, at a FAST session and graduation at a primary school in West London, 13th June 2016.

England

Fighting to end child poverty

More than a quarter of England’s children live in poverty, giving it one of the highest rates of child poverty in the developed world.

Spending cuts, stagnating wages and increased living costs are putting families under huge pressure. But across England, our programmes are helping to give children the best possible start in life.

Our Families Connect programme empowers parents to create a supportive home learning environment, so that children can achieve their full potential at school and in life.

We’re also developing our Children’s Communities approach, which brings together key agencies in deprived areas of England to work together, ensuring children do not fall behind.

We empower local agencies to create a support chain that makes sure help is at hand for our poorest children - whatever stage of their development they need it.

Right now, we're focused on two communities in England, and we're working to take the approach to more areas across the UK.

Our campaigns and policy work

Despite the rhetoric from across the political spectrum, the reality is that too many children in England are still being denied a fair chance to succeed.

We’ll continue to stand up for children here at home who are facing poverty through our campaign work. At the highest levels of government we press for significant policy change.

Right now, we're asking leaders to ensure all children get the support they need in their early years to start school ready to learn.

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We also support the Department for Education’s feasibility study to explore putting more Early Years Teachers in nurseries in the most disadvantaged parts of England.

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