What we do

50 Things to Do Before You’re Five helps parents develop their home learning environment so that far more children thrive by the age of five. As a result, more children develop the skills, language and resilience needed in school and beyond.

Using the same, low or no cost approach, 50 Things to Do Primary is designed to enable children to become increasingly independent in their own decision-making.

The initiatives are based on the simple notion that access to life-changing, fun, low or no-cost experiences with family, indoors and outdoors, is a great way to support children’s development. Activities are designed to give children exciting life experiences, developing confidence and a passion for learning new things.

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Low literacy levels put a child at a disadvantage against the rest of the class and research shows that many children never recover from this early disadvantage, which impacts on their attainment, confidence, aspirations and life chances.

This fact is supported by academic research recognised by the DfE, the Education Endowment Foundation and Public Health England which tells us that parents who confidently support the development of language, literacy and communication skills with their under-fives has a profound impact on achievement in primary and secondary age phases. For our primary children, The Social Mobility commission tells us that research in national contexts has found strong evidence of a link between extra-curricular activities and educational outcomes as well as other positive outcomes, such as soft (especially social) skills.

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50 Things To Do helps schools and nurseries fulfil their statutory obligation to promote home learning at a time of Covid recovery. It will also help primary schools meet the challenge of Ofsted’s new inspection framework focus on the wider curriculum.


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We put children at the heart of everything we do. This includes our vision, mission and values.
The 50 Things To Do project sprung from the minds of people at the St Edmund's Nursery School in Bradford.
50 Things to Do Before You’re Five helps parents develop their home learning environment so that far more children thrive by the age of five.
The Theory of Change is an approach that defines all building blocks required to achieve long term outcomes and reflects current understanding of how change takes place.
Using a combination of user surveys, in-depth interviews, and focus groups with those using 50 Things to Do materials, the report presents evidence on the effectiveness of 50 Things to Do in promoting…
By buildings skills and confidence of parents, this will support improvements for children of all ages - take a look at what different councils have discovered through their use of 50 Things To Do.