Preparing for Life (PFL) is one of the most extensive randomised control trials of an early childhood intervention conducted in Europe. At its heart, the PFL programme seeks to provide families with a helping hand in getting their children ready for one of the most important transitions of their life – starting school. PFL has shared the lives of over 200 families in an area of Dublin, Ireland, from pregnancy through to when the children started school. As their journey together has now drawn to a close, this report answers the critical question - "Did the PFL programme improve the lives of these children?"
PFL was developed as evidence showed that over half of the children living in its catchment area were starting school without the necessary skills to make a successful transition to school life. The PFL initiative aimed to promote child development and improve low levels of school readiness by supporting parents to develop skills and knowledge to help prepare their children for school.