175million children around the world are not enrolled in pre-primary education
90% of a child’s brain development takes place between birth and the age of five. This is why the five elements of nurturing care – health, nutrition, play, learning and protection – are so important for early childhood education and development.
Early years education and development can help identify a child’s learning needs early on, improve their socialisation and set them on the road to reaching their full potential. But children made vulnerable by conflict, emergency or disaster often miss out on opportunities to build a better future.
Research has shown that supporting early learning is the best investment a government can make: every $1 invested in early childhood care and development can lead to a return of as much as $17 for the most disadvantaged children.
That means the benefits of offering a child the best start in life are not just social but economic, too. Yet less than 2% of all early childhood development aid goes towards education. Theirworld wants to change that.
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We work at a global and local level to achieve the best start in life
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MyBestStart Phase 2
Providing children, parents and caregivers in Lebanon with tools and resources to access quality early childhood education
Blooming Buds, with Jeeva Jyothi
Transforming the lives of children in rural villages and slums in India through early childhood education and good nutrition
Mamapreneurs for Early Childhood with Kidogo
Improving access to high-quality affordable childcare in Kenya
Best Start Early, with Chance for Childhood
Providing inclusive early childhood care and education for vulnerable children in Ghana
Jennifer Brown Research Laboratory
Created in 2004, the Jennifer Brown Research Laboratory works to improve understanding of what causes early labour, how we can develop treatments to prevent it and how we can better help newborn babies in those first crucial hours and days after birth.
Focus on Kenya
We’re investing in research and working alongside local community partners to raise the profile of the importance of children’s early years across the political spectrum.
Theirworld Edinburgh Birth Cohort
Funded by Theirworld, the Edinburgh Birth Cohort is a world-first study in which researchers from the Jennifer Brown Research Laboratory monitor the progress of 400 premature babies from birth to adulthood.
Small Grants Programme
Theirworld’s Small Grants Programme gives grants of up to £10,000 to registered charities and non-profits helping disadvantaged and overlooked young people in the UK and around the world.