Success starts at home: The importance of the early home environment to improving life chances

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Corporate author(s)
Action for Children
Action for Children
Date of publication
1 January 2016
Children and Young People, Education and Skills
Social welfare
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This policy briefing highlights the considerable differences in quality of the home learning environment for children from different backgrounds. It notes the importance of this to future outcomes, emphasizing the Government's responsibility to address these differences.

The authors urge the Government to:

  • Include the expansion of parenting provision and a commitment to improving the home learning environment amongst disadvantaged families in the life chance strategy.
  • Consider how existing frameworks and resources for early years practitioners can be strengthened to maximise their role in improving the home learning environment.
  • Commission a review of what works in improving the home learning environment to develop a robust evidence base and enable piloting of new approaches.
  • Through the life chances strategy address the wider influences on the home learning environment. This should include steps to address low incomes and poor physical environments.

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