Oxford has been identified by the 2017 Social Mobility Report as the 19th worst locality area in early years’ social mobility indicators for disadvantaged children. Some of the causes of this social mobility challenge are structural and rooted in national policy decisions. However, there is encouraging evidence that locally-led policies and initiatives can tackle this issue, ensuring all children have the best possible start in life.
HOW CAN WE WORK TOGETHER IN ADDRESSING PRIORITY NEEDS FOR CHILDREN 0-5 IN OXFORD?
Convened by Oxford City Council and Oxford Hub around this question, the Oxford Early Years initiative will run from June to December, 2018 using an approach called a “Rapid Action Lab”.
This approach focuses on convening 30-40 people who are directly connected to the challenge to work together to develop and test a variety of possible solutions that deliver better outcomes for children under 5.
Oxford City Council have put forward a £25,000 innovation fund available to support teams testing the solutions emerging from this Rapid Action Lab.
We hope that through this initial 6 month initiative we can demonstrate that the best solutions come from enabling diverse people to work together to address this critical challenge - growing the case for further investment in this work in the future.