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Early years, family hubs and levelling up
Action for Children's reaction to the government's recent announcements on family hubs and early years
What is sensory play and why is it important?
Through sensory play, children use their senses to explore the world. Find out how we use sensory play to aid child development - and how to try it yourself
Levelling up: 10 areas where children have been left behind
Action for Children’s Head of Policy & Research Joe Lane explains what levelling up means for children and revealing where children have fallen furthest behind
Budget 2021: Did the Government choose children?
Imran Hussain, Director of Policy & Campaigns, reflects on some of the Government’s big choices in today's Budget and Spending Review
"Getting support is the best thing we’ve ever done": The importance of early years services
Roxanna wants to give her daughter the best start to life. When she noticed a shift in her mental health shortly after giving birth, she turned to Action for Children for help
There’s more to early years than childcare
No child should be held back because of gaps in the provision of early years services. But our latest report reveals large numbers of parents struggle to access this support
From bump to baby steps: Supporting the transition to parenthood
Becoming a parent isn't easy. Some parents need extra support. We spoke to Anita Jones, a midwife at our Baby Steps early years service, to hear what we’re doing to help
Why Army veteran Steve is flying the flag for dads
Superdad Steve tells us about how he got into volunteering and the importance of men in early years
It’s time to walk the walk on early help
We’re still waiting for children to suffer harm before giving them the help they need. To change that, the Care Review needs to get it right on early help, argues Joe Lane, Action for Children’s Head of Policy & Research
The Andrea Leadsom review: A fresh direction for the early years?
Action for Children welcomes new vision paper for the first 1,001 days of life, while calling for action to turn vision into reality.
Wellbeing in the early years: the urgent need for support
This Children’s Mental Health Week, we want to focus on a group often left out of conversations about mental health: the 0-5s
Supporting families through the pandemic: our early years services
It’s a whole new world. But one thing that has remained constant is Action for Children’s focus on the needs of children and families in the services it provides
The Care Review launch
The Education Secretary launched the long-awaited independent review of children’s social care today
“Big change starts small”: changing the conversation on the early years
Action for Children responds to the early years research released by the Duchess of Cambridge
Fewer health checks for babies and toddlers
Almost two thirds of children in some areas do not receive crucial mandatory health visitor checks at age two and half, according to new research from the Children’s Commissioner for England