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A new report on what works in early intervention

(July 2016)

A new report from the Early Intervention Foundation (EIF), "Foundations for Life: What Works to Support Parent Child Interaction in the Early Years" has been published. The EIF reviewed 75 early intervention programmes in the UK. These were programmes that support parent-child interaction, and that aim to improve outcomes for children in terms of attachment, behaviour and cognitive/early language development.

The review found that:

  • 17 programmes are well evidenced
  • A further 18 preliminary evidence of impact i.e. there are some evidence that works

The report points out a number of early signals of risk: child behaviour problems, insecure attachment, delayed development of speech and lack of maternal sensitivity. The review found that the evidence is strongest for programmes that target these areas.

There were some other key findings too: the interaction between parents and their child's nursery or school is important; we need more evidence for programmes that target cognitive/early language skills; children living in areas of social disadvantage are more likely to struggle with cognitive/early language skills.

You can read a summary of the report here.

Evidence based programmes like Early Talk Boost have been shown to be effective for helping children with delayed early language, and provide parents with information on how to support their child at home. Read more about Early Talk Boost here.