Contest to find best apps to help poorer families kickstart children’s education

Under the scheme, families in 12 pilot areas will get free access to a choice of two of the best apps focused on early language, literacy and communication.

The aim is to help parents think about how to use children’s screen time constructively and find learning activities for them before they start reception.

Children and families minister Kemi Badenoch said: “Digital technology means there is a wealth of fun activities at parents’ fingertips, but the content of these is important too.”