Giving children the best possible start to education in the Early Years
Imagine what it feels like to start school without being able to understand pictures in a book.
Or seeing other children making friends and talking to each other on your first day, while you sit there, unsure how to fit in.
Many disadvantaged children in the North of England feel this way when they start school aged five. That’s because they don’t have the communication and language skills they need to be ready for education. The gap between disadvantaged children’s communication and language skills compared to their better-off peers starts to grow from the age of just two years old. By the time they begin school, the gap can be as big as 15 months1.