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The story so far

  • My grandson was born just as our early years programme started in 2015. He is growing into a curious, energetic and engaged little boy. I like to think that Lambeth Early Action Partnership (LEAP) exemplifies these same qualities.

    We are curious about how our programme impacts on the lives of the children, families and communities that we work with. To understand this properly, we are collecting and analysing data and stories from across the partnership.

    We are thrilled to be working with an energetic workforce who are dedicated to the provision of quality services and activities.

  • Our partners are fully engaged with our vision of leaving a legacy for children, families and communities in Lambeth.

    I am proud of the journey we have taken so far and incredibly excited about the future – our families, practitioners and partners are an integral part of the next chapter of LEAP’s story.

    Laura McFarlane


Social & Emotional Development

Project spotlight

How LEAP practitioners are supporting parent-and-infant relationships
I attended the Being a Parent course as it came highly recommended by a mum at the children’s centre and I was having a difficult time with my twins. The course really turned things around for me and my family. By the end, I had a better relationship with my twins and strategies to help me raise all of my 4 children. I then applied to become a Parent Group Leader as I believed in the course and wanted to help other parents in the same way I was helped.
women with young children supported by one-to-one Safer Families Enhanced Caseworkers

Enhanced Caseworkers work with women experiencing domestic abuse. They offer emotional support and advice on practical matters such as safety, legal, housing, and finance. They also provide holistic support to help clients feel less isolated.


Communication and Language Development

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  • Outdoor learning and literacy
  • Speech & language and a love of reading
  • 21 nurseries and children’s centres connecting children and parents with nature and being active outdoors
  • 15+ childcare settings working towards Evelina Awards for supporting and identifying children with speech, language and communication needs
  • 202 families chatting, playing and singing at stay and play sessions
  • 43,900 minutes reading with children and their families (through Doorstep Library)
An animation about the little moments that make a big difference to a child’s brain

Diet & Nutrition

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What children eat in their early years, and how active they are, have a direct impact on their health and ability to learn and achieve. Yet most child nutrition interventions do not specifically focus on the early years. Healthy nutrition should be a priority, not only in the early years, but from pregnancy and even before.

Our partnership supports  parents to make healthier choices in pregnancy and to breastfeed for longer. We make it easier for families with early years children to access vegetables, cook together, exercise together and support each other as a community.

Helping families and their little ones live a healthier life.
  • Titter emoji of a pot of food
    4,810 hot and healthy meals delivered to families with a new baby throughout lockdown
  • Twitter emoji of two people embracing
    100% of families surveyed said receiving our hot meals during lockdown helped them feel supported
  • 485 breastfeeding mums supported practically and emotionally by their peers
  • 73 Food Ambassadors cooking up a storm, and gaining qualifications while they’re at it
  • 479 pregnant mums swapping fizzy drinks for fruit
  • 1,443 toothbrushes and tubes of fluoride toothpaste given to children under 1

Community Engagement

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  • How parents are volunteering to help their community
  • Working with community partners makes it easier for families to get the support and services they need
It’s not just having somewhere to go with kids, or things to do with kids. It’s also developing confidence amongst the parents, and friendships as well.
How LEAP volunteers are connecting isolated parents to key services
I felt like I could trust my befriender, and I was able to open up to her. Having a reason to come out, not just about baby things, but meeting up with another adult, and integrating the children at the same time opened doors.
  • 3,092 people singing, reading, dancing, growing, laughing, cooking and making friends at 1201 local events
  • 112 mums and dads giving up their time to champion LEAP services

Refer families to LEAP services

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Building Our Legacy

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Our place-based approach looks at the factors driving local inequalities in early childhood development and works on collective solutions to tackle them for good. We are making sure that when the programme ends in 2025, we will have achieved lasting change for our families.

Our legacy means…

Investing in local places and spaces

Creating permanent, useful and attractive spaces for early years children and their families to thrive and develop.

invested in 11 early years buildings
The refurbishment of Liz Atkinson has greatly improved things. The benefit of having two rooms is that we can see more women here. We don’t have to do so many home visits. It’s also easier for us to get together as a team. Caseload midwifery can be a bit lonely, so it’s great to get together, and to be able to meet the other services.

Bringing local services together, in partnership

LEAP services work closely together and build on one another. As a whole, they provide opportunities for families to access a wide range of support at each stage of their child’s early development, and they represent an unprecedented collective effort to give local children a better start.

Funders often fund one thing at a time, but by looking at the whole environment in a particular area you get this connectedness. It’s brilliant value for money.

Being informed by the evidence

At LEAP, we test our services, learn about what works, and continuously adapt and refine them to better meet the needs of local families. To support this, each service is provided with regular comprehensive data reports on their delivery.


Evaluating our impact

We will be evaluating the individual services and activities that make up LEAP and the overall programme. This work will be led by the Dartington Service Design Lab and the National Centre for Social Research.

  • Turning to our local evaluation team and national evaluation partner for learnings that help us evolve and adapt our services.
  • Employing 4 local community researchers to test and gather data on LEAP services to ensure they are making a lasting difference for early years children and their families.
  • Uniting our providers around a Theory of Change – recognising the complex social problems, while focusing on what we can realistically change.

Embedding suitable services across the borough

As we gather evidence, we are also committed to exploring which services could be rolled out across the borough. Essentially, we focus our activity on a small area, but we hope to make a difference that goes much wider.

We need to become more ACE informed so that we can build resilience and change the lives of families and the people that we work with, and change their outcomes.
Lambeth professionals trained to provide the best possible start at 375 sessions