David Cameron’s government is being urged to introduce parenting classes in Britain’s junior schools to improve the prospects of future generations of children.
A government-commissioned report by opposition Labour lawmaker Frank Field, published today, also suggested the publication of “life-chance indicators” to measure how successful the authorities are in helping poorer children. It said the government should focus on the first five years of a child’s life.
The report also proposed spending money on projects aimed at the under-fives rather than increasing welfare payments. It said the level of nurture parents provide is more important to a child’s prospects than their jobs or incomes.
“Later interventions to help poorly performing children can be effective but, in general, the most effective and cost- effective way to help and support young families is in the earliest years of a child’s life,” Field said in the report.