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“We have found overwhelming evidence that children’s life chances are most heavily predicated on their development in the first five years of life. It is family background, parental education, good parenting and the opportunities for learning and development in those crucial years that together matter more to children than money, in determining whether their potential is realised in adult life”

The Foundation Years: preventing poor children becoming poor adults , The report of the Independent Review on Poverty and Life Chances Frank Field December 2010

“These early years are absolutely central to the developmental fate of a child, yet until recently they have received virtually no attention. A huge cultural shift must take place. Resources must be invested in the early years of children, concentrating on those most at risk, whose parents/carers are least able to provide what the child needs”

Getting it right for children and young people Overcoming cultural barriers in the NHS so as to meet their needs -Professor Sir Ian Kennedy September 2010

Family Action believes that every child has the right to the best possible start in life and that every family should be supported to enable their children to reach their full potential.

“For all children, the quality of the home learning environment is more important for intellectual and social development than parental occupation, education or income. What parents do is more important than who parents are.”*

There is extensive evidence that investment in the early stages of children’s lives makes sense – socially, morally and financially.

Family Action’s Early Years services work with parents and the wider family from before conception until their child is ready to go to school.

*Early Years Evidence Pack – Department for Education, July 2011

“We have found overwhelming evidence that children’s life chances are most heavily predicated on their development in the first five years of life. It is family background, parental education, good parenting and the opportunities for learning and development in those crucial years that together matter more to children than money, in determining whether their potential is realised in adult life”

The Foundation Years: preventing poor children becoming poor adults , The report of the Independent Review on Poverty and Life Chances Frank Field December 2010

“These early years are absolutely central to the developmental fate of a child, yet until recently they have received virtually no attention. A huge cultural shift must take place. Resources must be invested in the early years of children, concentrating on those most at risk, whose parents/carers are least able to provide what the child needs”

Getting it right for children and young people Overcoming cultural barriers in the NHS so as to meet their needs -Professor Sir Ian Kennedy September 2010

Our services

Family Action’s Early Years services focus on providing whole family support at crucial points in a child’s life. Our services include:

Read about Delivering Support through Children’s Centres

Family Action Impact Report 2015 Children’s Centres

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For more information about Family Action please contact us on

Email: info@family-action.org.uk
Telephone: 020 7254 6251