Our mission is to narrow the outcome gap between children growing up in disadvantage and the national average.
All babies and children need stable, caring relationships and stimulating experiences to thrive. The environment and experiences of early childhood shape our brains and bodies, creating the building blocks of our physical, emotional and cognitive skills.
Not every child gets what they need to develop during the early years. Children growing up in poverty are less likely to live a long, fulfilling and happy life than their peers. It’s not right that some people are disadvantaged throughout their lives because of the family circumstances at birth. With the right support during the earliest years, we can change that.
Together, we can make sure that every baby and young child has the same opportunity to develop and to thrive.
By 2030, the UK will have eliminated the school readiness gap between babies and young children born into deprivation and their peers. We will do this by:
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