1-year-old baby Stephanie in the cot given to the family by Save the Children.

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Offering families practical help

Many families struggle to support young children’s development at home

In the last seven years, we’ve helped more than 60,000 children by making their homes better places to learn.

 

Supporting learning in the home

Books to read, toys to play and explore with, a bed to sleep in or a table to eat at - these are all essential items crucial for a young child’s development. But many families living in poverty simply can’t afford them.

We know that a healthy, supportive home has an enormous impact on a child’s development and what they can achieve at school.

That’s why we’ve been offering practical help to families through our well-respected grant programme, Eat, Sleep, Learn, Play! (ESLP!).

From 2011-2018 we’ve reached more than 60,000 children, providing grants for essential household items such as beds, cookers, books and toys.

Whilst such items are vital in improving the home environment, we’ve learned that parents need more support to feel confident as their child’s first educator.

That’s why we’ve wound down ESLP! and are developing a new programme that takes what we’ve learned and builds on it.

From late 2018, we’ll be providing parents with household items to support their child’s learning, but this time we’ll be going a step further. Responding to the needs of families we work with, we’ll be equipping parents with the skills and confidence to support their child’s development throughout the early years.

We know how crucial the first few years of a child’s life are. By supporting parents in the home, we can give every child in the UK the best start.

Boosting early language development

Wonder Words is an innovative new campaign to help families talk, sing and play more with their babies and toddlers.

Wonder Words uses approaches drawn from behavioural science to develop ‘nudges’ that make it easier for parents and carers to support their child’s language development. For example, providing them with resources, changing their environments and delivering messages to them to prompt more chat with their children.

The programme has been developed by Save the Children and the National Literacy Trust in response to their shared vision that every child in the UK should have the language and communication skills needed to succeed in life.

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