Save The Children have published research showing that boys in England are twice as likely as girls to fall behind by age five.
They're launching a campaign to support England's lost boys.
Save The Children estimate that last year in England, some 80,000 boys started school struggling to express themselves, speak in full sentences, or understand simple instructions from parents, teachers and friends. They're calling on politicians to invest in children’s futures by supporting parents and making sure staff have what they need to deliver world-class childcare.
'This is a much needed campaign which we're delighted to back,' said Men's Health Forum CEO Martin Tod. 'We need early, effective intervention to ensure that lost boys don't turn into lost men with all the difficult social and personal challenges that results in, including poorer mental and physical health.'