Waltham Forest is a diverse borough with many children learning English as an additional language. Borough statistics show that the top languages spoken in the borough other than English are Urdu, Polish, Romanian, Turkish and Lithuanian.
Growing up in a bilingual environment is an advantage for children.
Some children may experience difficulties understanding and using English and it is possible that these difficulties will also be experienced in their home language. However, some children may have had limited exposure to English so will need time to adjust to the new environment and language.
You can look on our working with bilingual families page for information and downloadable, translated resources.