Our response to the social mobility package unveiled by Education Secretary

Posted by Media team / Thursday 06 October 2016 / Press release

Action for Children Chief Executive, Sir Tony Hawkhead said:

“This announcement represents a welcome and important step forward for early years to be recognised as a significant force for social mobility, wellbeing, and improved prospects. But alongside education and childcare we know that what happens in the home is critical to a child’s development and that child’s ability to communicate, understand their own feelings, make friends and thrive in every sense.

“There is strong evidence that children who reach a good level of development by the time they go to school have a greater chance of being healthier, happier and more successful in later life. At present, two out of every five children in the most deprived parts of the country walk through the school gates on their first day without a good level of development – this must be addressed."

"That is why Action for Children is calling on the government to make child development in the early-years a national priority by 2020."