Foundation Early Years

Children at the age of five living in poverty are the equivalent of around eight months behind their peers in terms of cognitive development.

Source: Gregg P and Goodman A, Poorer Children Educational attainment: How important are attitude and behaviour? JRF(2010)

Every child deserves a fair start in life and we want to ensure that all children have the opportunity to develop and fulfil their potential.

Supporting parents with the Foundation Years improve life outcomes and social mobility for the most disadvantaged and hard to reach children and families. Our work helps parents lay down strong foundations for their childrenso that, by the age of five, they are ready to take advantage of the next stage of learning.

Our services help

  • Early learning and life skills for ‘school readiness’
  • Good Parenting and healthy relationship support for child wellbeing
  • Create the right home learning environment
  • Empower families help themselves break generational cycles of deprivation and improve their chances in seeking employment.
  • Empower families to balance work life responsibilities
  • Early Year Practitioners better understand how inclusion and wellbeing can improve practice to reduce social inequalities and improve life outcomes for the most disadvantaged families.


  1. First five years of a child’s life has a profound and long-lasting influence on their life chances.
  2. Children’s life chances are most heavily influenced by their development in the first five years of life.
  3. By the time children start school, there are already wide variations in development between children from different backgrounds, with poorer children doing less well across a wide range of outcomes.
  4. Gaps in development between children from different backgrounds can be detected at birth and widen rapidly during the first few years of life.
  5. Parents, families and the home environment are key to children’s early development.
  6. After parenting, good quality early years provision has the biggest impact on children’s development by age five.

Source: DfE 2013