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Early Words Together at Two

EWT2 Leicester

Early Words Together at Two is an adaptation of Early Words Together, designed specifically for families of two-year-olds.

About the programme

The vocabulary of children from low income families can lag behind their high income counterparts by up to 17 months at the age of three (Gascoigne & Gross, 2017). However, the home learning environment can have a positive impact on a child’s communication and language development, and has been shown to have a greater impact on a child's intellectual, social and emotional development than the parent's education, occupation or wealth (Sylva et al, 2004).

Early Words Together at Two helps to improve the home learning environments of families of two-year-olds. It is a practitioner-led programme designed for private and school nurseries and children's centres, who serve low-income families, or any family who may be looking for ways to support their child's language development.  

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Evaluation of the programme

Between January 2017 and March 2018, the programme was supported by a grant from the Department for Education. Twenty settings in Leicester and Bradford took part and the programme served approximately 130 families. Overall, Early Words Together at Two was proven to have a statistically significant positive impact on children, parents and practitioners.

  • Improving the home learning environment for two-year-old children

    84% of parents said they now better understand how important it is for them to talk with their child, and 77.3% of parents said they are more confident than before in sharing books and stories with their child.

  • Impacting positively on early years practitioners' ability to engage with parents

    The programme was proven to make a statistically significant difference to practitioners' confidence in supporting parents to enhance their child’s early home learning environment. 

  • Reducing the attainment gap by providing positive outcomes for vulnerable children

    There was also a statistically significant difference to children’s interest in books (62.7% increase) and ability to say or sing rhymes and songs (63.8% increase). 

"Early Words Together at Two makes for better practitioners"

Setting manager

"My daughter is singing a lot more, enjoying sharing books more and [her] confidence has grown."



We have many resources for practitioners delivering Early Words Together at Two.  

EWT2 Leicester

Case studies

Read these case studies from nurseries and settings who have previously delivered Early Words Together at Two.