Early Outcomes Fund

Project Background

In July 2017, the Secretary of State for Education set out an ambition to halve the proportion of children who do not achieve at least the expected levels across all goals in the “communication and language” and “literacy” areas of learning at the end of reception by 2028.

As part of this ambition, the Department for Education (DfE) established the Early Outcomes Fund, worth approximately £6.5m. The overall aim of the fund is to support Local Authorities to improve local services in order to secure good early language outcomes for children.

GCC, in partnership with Swindon Borough Council, has been successful in securing an Early Outcomes grant from the DfE.  We have used this funding to develop and pilot an early language support pathway.

This pilot project will take place across Gloucester City only. Please only refer families living in Gloucester.


Project Outline

To identify and support children who are at risk of or display early signs of atypical language development from the antenatal period onward, particularly 0 - 30 months, in order to intervene at the earliest opportunity and minimise the achievement gap by age 5.

We are running six weekly Stay and Play sessions, which are free to attend. Any family with a child under 5 can attend any of these sessions. All sessions are run by practitioners trained in the Peep model of early intervention, which focusses on developing children's speech and language and the quality of their interactions with their parents and carers. Sessions involve a wide variety of fun activities, which use everyday events as a platform for learning, and include strategies and activities for parents to take away and use at home.

If families meet the criteria of the project, then staff will invite them to complete a formal referral and become part of our monitored pilot scheme. Families who are part of the programme will be eligible to receive additional free support through focussed home visiting, as well as access to physical resources to help improve their children’s home learning environment.


Referral Guidance

We are currently accepting referrals for children aged 0 - 30 months (or older where appropriate and the child's needs are not already being supported). Referrals should be made where there are concerns such as historic child development issues, parents lacking confidence in supporting their child's development, parental mental health difficulties that may impact on the parent/child relationship or the child's interaction and development, etc. The referral form contains a clear list of needs that can be appropriately addresses through the project and the outcomes that the interventions seek to achieve.


Contact Details

Completed referrals should be emailed to EarlyOutcomes@gloucestershire.gov.uk


Please note that we cannot action a referral unless it has been signed by the parent/carer.

If have any queries or are unsure if a child/parent you are considering is appropriate for a referral to this pilot please contact:

Justine Everett – 01452 425332 justine.everett@gloucestershire.gov.uk or

Sarah Hylton – 01452 583655 sarah.hylton@gloucestershire.gov.uk


 Early Outcomes Referral Form


 Leaflet for Families


 Timetable of Sessions


 Consent to Share Information Form


This project is part of the Hungry Little Minds program. Parents and families can access additional free support on the Hungry Little Minds website, at: https://hungrylittleminds.campaign.gov.uk/

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