Home Start UK Partnership
On average, one in three children start primary school without reaching a good level of development. This figure rises to one in two with regard to poorer children*. The issues causing the most concern for teachers are communication and language, physical, personal, social and emotional development, literacy and numeracy.
In 2019 the MCF Board approved a partnership with Home-Start UK, an established organisation comprising a local community network of trained volunteers and expert support workers across England and Wales. It helps disadvantaged families with young children through their early years up to the age of 5 years old. This £1 million partnership involves a project which will run over 5 years and works with local Home-Start branches to deliver a project, aiming to get children from disadvantaged backgrounds school-ready.