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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

We know that a healthy, supportive home is vital to a child’s early development. It shapes what they can achieve at school and the person they grow up to be.

But for so many families living in poverty across the UK, the stresses of daily life can mean it’s hard to give children the support they need.

Over the last eight years we have helped to create a positive learning environment in the homes of more than 65,000 children.

Our Building Blocks programme provides low income families with basic household items, learning resources and information that give parents the skills, confidence and headspace they need to help their children thrive.

Building Blocks works at a local level, linking up with key services already in family’s lives so that they can get the help they need, when they need it.

We’re piloting Building Blocks in six areas across the UK to test that it’s making the difference we want to see for children and families at home.

Our vision is for every child in the UK, regardless of their background, to have the best start in life.

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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