The Foundation Years Trust

The Foundation Years Trust was established to action the findings of The Rt. Hon. Frank Field MP’s Independent Review on Poverty and Life Chances, The Foundation Years: preventing poor children becoming poor adults.

The report focused on the crucial years from birth to the first days of school, which are acknowledged to be the formative years physiologically, cognitively, socially and emotionally.  This is also the period when substantial gaps in school readiness are embedded. If schools are to promote equality of educational achievement, action needs to be taken in the pre-school years. The report highlighted the powerful drivers of the home learning environment, parental warmth and sensitivity and parental well-being as three of the key influences on a child’s outcomes which can be strengthened through well designed interventions.

The Foundation Years Trust is piloting a strategy which will enhance these three drivers and in doing so, help equalise life chances for all children before they start school.

Parents and carers are at the heart of the Trust’s programme. The Trust’s strategy is to support parents to lead their children’s development in the early years and to promote the valuable role of parents as their children’s first educators.

To do this the Trust is pursuing a three pronged strategy:

In the longer term the Trust is working to achieve the adoption of this strategy across the UK.