New Funding to Help Parents Improve Children’s Early Language Skills

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New Funding to Help Parents Improve Children’s Early Language Skills

The Department for Education has announced two new multi-million funding schemes that will provide support to help parents improve their children’s early language and literacy skills at home before they start school.

The two schemes have been created to help close the gap in communication skills between disadvantaged children and their peers when they start school.

The Education Endowment Foundation will run a £5 million scheme to trial projects in the north of England, looking at what works best in improving children’s communication skills at home before they begin school, a key part of the Government’s ambition to give every child the best start in life.

Commenting on the funding, Education Endowment Foundation CEO, Sir Kevan Collins said:

“Parents care very much about the future of their children, whatever their background or wherever they come from. But it can sometimes be difficult to get them involved in their child’s learning and we know little about how to do this well.

“By testing different ways of tackling issues like the early years ‘word gap’, this new fund will give us much needed information about how we can give parents the tools they need to give their child the very best start in life.”

Separately, the Department for Education is committing £8.5 million to a new Early Years Social Mobility Peer Review Programme with the Local Government Association, which will see councils working together to improve outcomes for disadvantaged children. The programme will be piloted over the summer, with the full programme rolling out from Autumn 2018. Organisations that are interested in taking part in the programme, or becoming a peer reviewer can find further details on the GOV.UK website.

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