FYT’s programme in the Wirral
The Foundation Years Trust started working with families in Birkenhead in 2014. Since 2016 we have been partnering with nurseries and schools across the Wirral borough. FYT collaborates closely with Wirral Council to support their ambition to ensure that all children start school on an equal footing.
Our work focuses 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 charity was established to identify practical approaches to implementing the wealth of evidence which highlights the powerful driver of the home learning environment and parental warmth and sensitivity as key influences on a child’s outcomes, which can be strengthened through well-designed interventions. Our Chair, Professor Edward Melhuish, OBE, continues to be one of the leading researchers in this field, building on the evidence initially published in the Effective Provision of Pre-School Education report (2004).
We know that young children achieve more and are happier when early years educators work together with parents and share ideas about how to support and extend children’s learning.
Our programmes are designed to help parents provide their children with a positive and creative learning environment at home.
We recognise that the partnership between early years staff and parents is a massive force for good in early child development. We support early years settings to maximise the opportunity of that relationship.