What is ‘A Better Start’ doing?
A Better Start builds on research, which shows that early childhood can set the foundation for future learning, behaviour and health.
From 2015 to 2025, our five programme partnerships will design, implement, deliver and test ways to support babies and very young children and their families that respond to the local context, environment and needs of the children living in their local area’s community.
Each partnership has developed individual strategies to promote good early childhood development, drawing on existing science and research. While each of the programmes look different, all are working towards the same three outcomes to help children up to four years old:
- Improve their diet and nutrition, to support healthy physical development and protect against illness in later life.
- Develop social and emotional skills, to help them build positive relationships and cope with difficult situations.
- Develop language and communication skills, to help them engage with the world around them.
A Better Start is enabling systems change. It aims to improve the way that organisations work together and with families to shift attitudes and spending towards preventing problems that can start in early life.
People in the lead
Parents are best placed to shape potential solutions and that’s why they are involved in every aspect of our programme as equal partners. They take part in decision making, designing and commissioning services, delivering and promoting activities, supporting other families and evaluation activities.
Across all five partnerships, parents play a key role in making change happen in their communities by reaching out to other parents who may not know about the support available to them, or who may be struggling.