The Foundation Years Trust was established by the Birkenhead MP, the Rt. Hon Frank Field, following the publication of his influential report on the importance of the Early Years in equalizing life chances.
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 development are embedded. 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.
FYT started working with families in Birkenhead in 2014. In 2016 we began to work with nursery settings and we are now partnering with nurseries and schools across the Wirral borough.