By the time they start school, some children will have heard millions fewer words than their peers. For families who are struggling financially, long working hours and high stress levels can get in the way of early language development. With less exposure to books and educational days out, children from the poorest backgrounds are at risk of falling behind before they have even entered the education system. Many will struggle to ever catch up.
Wonder Words aims to build positive interactions between parents and children to help close this achievement gap. Simply by talking, playing and singing together, families can help their children learn more words, which is critical to their success when they start school and in later life. Not just that: talking more can help families to communicate better, have fun together and create lasting change in their children’s lives.