Early Words Together


Early Words Together helps parents support their young child’s literacy and language development.

About the programme

Up to 50% of children in disadvantaged areas start school without the language skills they need to progress. We train early years staff and volunteers to work with parents and children aged three to five, building parents’ confidence so that they can support their children’s communication, language and literacy skills at home.

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The impact

Early Words Together is proven to:

  • Increase children’s language development

    Underperforming children who take part in Early Words Together catch up with their peers in their understanding of spoken language in just three months.

  • Improve the home learning environment

    86% of parents who take part in the programme report they now talk more to their children – and two-thirds feel more confident about sharing books with their child.

  • Improve parental engagement

    73% of parents and carers who took part in Early Words Together now read with their child every day – up from 53% at the start of the programme.

  • Help the families most in need

    Families who read the least often at the start of the programme show a 91% increase in reading frequency by the end.


We have a wealth of downloadable resources for schools and settings delivering Early Words Together.

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Further resources

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    Early Words Together for MLL families programme resources

    Download resources for supporting MLL families through Early Words Together.
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    Early Words Together Glasgow programme resources

    Here we share all the resources that you need to run Early Words Together in Glasgow.
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    Early Words Together Leicester programme resources

    Resources to support Leicester schools to run Early Words Together at Three.
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Success stories

We work with schools, settings and families in some of the most disadvantaged areas of the UK. Read their stories: