High quality early education improves children’s development and helps ensure they are more prepared to start school. Many Hubs deliver the 15 hours per week free childcare for 2 year olds from poorer households as well as the 15 hours per week free childcare for all 3-4 year olds.
Hubs can also provide a base for communication support for children in early years as they move through school. Ideally linked to primary schools, the centres can include early childhood development and parenting activities, home visitation, home-based satellites and early problem identification and intervention.
Hubs can also be a place to support parents to facilitate their child’s learning. This can be through the provision of learning and mentoring support to help families provide a positive learning environment and role models and mentors to support young people’s progress in school.