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 are running a number innovative local projects that are demonstrating great results for their communities as part of our ‘test and learn’ review process. These are:

  • Active Families – sessions helping parents, carers and toddlers to get active
  • Baby Buddy & Small Wonders – Baby Buddy is a free mobile app, Small Wonders is a free DVD, both provided by Best Beginnings (a workforce package)
  • Breastfeeding Support drop in services – drop-in support group with friendly support, advice and information about feeding and looking after your baby
  • Crèche Services – Creche service workers trained to use best working methods for the individual children they look after, promoting re-enforcement of learning and take home messages
  • Enhanced Healthy Child Programmes – development and enhancements to the(0-3) entitlement pathway. Universal service given from conception through to early childhood offering programmes like screening and immunisation
  • Family Nurse Partnership (FNP) – Enhancement of Nurse Home Visiting Programme to improve the health and well-being and self sufficiency of first time parents under 19 and their children
  • Family Focused GPs – dedicated provision of primary care through multi-disciplinary team of professionals working closely with families
  • Fathers Reading Every Day (FRED) – sessions encouraging dads to read with their children.
  • 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
  • Infant Feeding Programme – educating holistic approach to baby/child nutrition incorporating bottle feeding
  • Let’s Talk programmes (Let’s Talk with Your Baby, Talking Tiddlers, Talking Toddlers, Chatting Children and Super Sounds) – fun and active communication course for parents, carers and young people
  • Perinatal Mental Health – review and redesign of perinatal mental health pathway
  • Southend Early Autism Support – led by professionals who work with children with social and communication difficulties. Opportunities for parents to talk about their child, and learn how to support their learning through play and practical activities
  • The Bank (Preventomics) – financially evaluating projects to maximise their efficiency and promote long-term sustainability
  • Workforce Development – Knowledge Exchange. Widening the provision of training to across the multi-agency workforce
  • Work Skills project – provides exciting opportunities for parents/expectant parents of children aged under 4 looking to get back into work.

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.