Today, almost one in three children still lives in poverty in Wales. This is a higher proportion than in any other nation in the UK and equates to almost 200,000 children.
Save the Children believes every child deserves a childhood now and a bright future. Through our innovative programmes and our campaigning work, we tackle child poverty so that young children have the support they need to grow, develop and learn.
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 that children get the best start in life, we support families in some of the most deprived communities in Wales. Our teams work with partners in education, health and social care 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.
From late 2018, we’ll also be providing parents with household items to support their child’s learning. Responding to the needs of families we work with, we’ll complement this by equipping parents with the skills and confidence to support their child’s development throughout the early years.
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.