Discover Our Projects

Our projects are at the heart of our programme. We’re working hard to change the systems behind services for children and their families to improve things for everyone.

Our work covers three key areas, supported by experts in each field:

  • Social and emotional development
  • Communication and language
  • Diet and nutrition

We’re focusing on projects that are:

  • Evidence-based, with quantifiable and proven benefits, or
  • Science-based, grounded in the best, most up-to-date understanding, or
  • Innovation-based, driven by creative and ambitious ideas that deserve the opportunity to prove themselves

We’ve already recognised nine local projects that have demonstrated great results for their communities in the first part of the ‘test and learn’ review process. These are:

  • Buggy Active – free, fun and friendly exercise sessions for parents and carers with children in buggies.
  • Activise – gentle antenatal sessions for pregnant women, including yoga and Pilates.
  • Active Families – sessions helping parents, carers and toddlers to get active.
  • Let’s Talk with Your Baby – a fun and active seven week communication course for parents, carers and their babies aged 6-9 months.
  • Help Me to Talk – a six week course providing parents and carers to get children aged 18 months – 4 years to talk, listen and understand.
  • HENRY (Health, Exercise and Nutrition for the Really Young) – for parents and carers of 0-4 year-olds, helping the whole family develop a healthier and more active lifestyle.
  • Fathers Reading Every Day (FRED) – sessions encouraging dads to read with their children.
  • Baby and Us – aims to help mothers and fathers gain confidence in understanding their baby and develop ways to communicate with them and strengthen family relationships.
  • Being a Parent – an eight week course helping parents of children aged 1-4 learn practical, everyday skills, helping them to understand and manage their children’s feelings and behaviour.

We’re continuing to explore future opportunities with a number of partners and providers. Check back for further announcements on these and other projects currently under review.