Lottie, 19 months, plays and learns at her children's centre.

Eat, Sleep, Learn, Play!

Creating a positive home environment for children to learn in

A healthy, supportive home can have an enormous impact on a child’s development and what they can achieve at school.

If children's basic needs are not met during their early years, it can have profound consequences for their health, their time at school and beyond.

Growing up in poverty can mean children sharing a bed with brothers or sisters because parents can’t afford to buy one, wearing dirty clothes because their family can’t pay for a washing machine, or going without toys and books, all of which are essential for developing early language skills.

This is why we've created Eat, Sleep, Learn, Play! - a programme offering vital help for low income families.

How ESLP! works

Amelia, age five, Cardiff. Adam and his partner Anastacia received ESLP items of a table and chairs as well as a high chair for their then new-born baby.

Amelia, age five, Cardiff. Adam and his partner Anastacia received ESLP items of a table and chairs as well as a high chair for their then new-born baby, Ava.

Amelia and Ava's mum suffered serious injuries in a hit-and-run car accident. After that money was so tight that the family couldn't afford to buy a table to eat and play at. Through Eat, Sleep, Learn, Play!, the family received a grant for a table and chairs. Now, the family can eat together and the children have somewhere for colouring and reading at a crucial time in their development.

We award grants to provide household essentials, such as a child's bed, a cooker, or toys and books, to low income families who simply can't afford to buy these items themselves. In doing so, we help low income families cope with the financial impact of having a young child.

We support the poorest children from birth to those up to three years old, providing families with the basic items they lack at a critical time in their child’s development. Not only do these items help families in their everyday lives but they can also often have a profound knock-on effect on their child’s learning and emotional wellbeing.

What you can do to help

Just £5 – the price of a sandwich and a coffee – could pay for a blanket to help keep a child warm at night or books and toys to help give them a better start and let them play like other children.

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