The earliest years of a child’s life are an especially vital time, when brains develop rapidly and foundations are laid for the future. To capitalise on this, and to learn about which types of early years services are most effective, LEAP works exclusively with pregnant women and children aged 0-3 years and their families.
LEAP delivers services in parts of Lambeth. Where we work was selected based on local need, drawing on a range of local evidence that illustrated greater inequalities for young children in the LEAP area compared with the rest of Lambeth. Broadly, our target area stretches from Stockwell to Myatt’s Field, down through North Brixton to the top of Tulse Hill. By focusing on this defined area and population, we can deliver a wide range of early years supports and test what difference it is possible to make with this level of activity.
You can find out if you are eligible for LEAP services on our postcode checker. If you are not, we can refer you on to wider services.
In our target area, LEAP fund, continuously improve, and evaluate over 20 services. These fall into two groups:
- Services that work directly with children to help them reach their developmental milestones.
- Services that support children indirectly, by working with parents, early years practitioners, and the wider community, so they are better equipped to provide the responsive relationships and positive experiences that children need.
LEAP is a ‘collective impact initiative’, which means that all our services and activities link together and work towards shared goals around improving children’s outcomes.
Also, LEAP shares learning and evidence beyond our target area with early years experts and policymakers. This is so our learnings and findings can be incorporated into their work, to make an impact beyond Lambeth.