Great Britain: prepare disadvantaged young children for school, HVs told

08 February 2019

Health visitors should play a greater role in preparing disadvantaged young children for school, says a new report from the Early Intervention Foundation (EIF).

The EIF called for a greater focus on boosting the cognitive skills of disadvantaged children at an early age. It says health visitors should be backed by investment to ensure they can provide intensive home-visiting support for low-income families during their children’s first two years.

The report points to evidence that shows by the age of three, middle- and upper-income children have a vocabulary at least twice the size of their low-income peers.

EIF chief executive Jo Casebourne said: ‘Increasing investment in health visiting is one crucial way to support children’s cognitive development.’

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