Working with families, schools and communities
Children spend up to 80% of their time outside of school. So having engaged, informed and confident parents can make a huge difference to their learning.
To ensure children get the best start in life, we support families in some of Wales' most deprived communities. Our teams work with education, health and social care partners to deliver a range of programmes.
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.
Our campaigning work
The early years are a critical stage in children's development.
But right now, too many children in Wales are falling behind before they even start school. And it's those growing up in poverty who are most affected.
That's why we're asking the Welsh Government to take action and invest in better support for parents, and to make sure early years staff can deliver world-class early learning and childcare.
How we're helping Mary-Ellen
Mary-Ellen (right) lives in Cardiff.
Her family were really struggling last May when their fridge freezer broke down.
It meant they couldn't store pre-purchased food causing their living costs to go up enormously; crucially, Mary-Ellen's mum was unable to store important medicines for her and her sister.
Save the Children was able to provide them with a new fridge freezer and Early Learning Packs containing educational toys and books that meant Mary-Ellen could continue her love of reading!
- Ready to Read Wales: Closing the gap in early language skills so that every child in Wales can read well
- A Fair Start for Every Child: Why we must act now to tackle child poverty in the UK
- Our work in Wales
- Little Pieces, Big Picture: Harnessing Early Childhood Education and Care to make sure no child in Wales is left behind