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.