Preparing For Life have released the outcomes of a study, carried out over 7 years, of their home visiting, early intervention programme, which aims to improve the life outcomes of children living in disadvantaged communities.
The study provided home visits from pregnancy through to school entry and covered 5 dimensions; physical health and wellbeing, social and emotional development, approaches to learning, language development and cognition.
Children in the study were found to be less likely to be overweight and more likely to have consumed their recommended daily portion of protein. Children also had better cognitive skills and there was a significant IQ gap between those who took part in the study and those who did not. Participants also exhibited fewer behavioural issues and had better social skills. The home environment of participants was also found to be more stimulating and parenting skills were improved, with children having less screen time than others in the locality.