Why the first 1001 days are so important
The first 1001 days of a child’s life, from conception to age two, is a window of opportunity. It is a time of particularly rapid growth and brain development. Leading child health experts agree that the care given during the first 1001 days has more influence on a child’s future than at any other time in their life.
- From around 8 weeks pregnant, babies respond to touch.
- By 23 weeks pregnant, babies can hear sounds from the outside world.
- By the age of 2, a child’s brain is already 80% developed.
To support parents and carers with the important role they play during this time, here are a list of events and links to information, resources and ideas of things to try that can help babies to develop.
Watch the video below to get inspiration and play ideas for your baby. See how every day objects can stimulate senses and keep babies occupied at home and on the go:
More information can be found on the following websites:
Read the cross-party Government manifesto:
Hungry Little Minds For simple, fun activities for newborns to 5-year olds
Tiny happy people Activity ideas to help to develop babies communication skills
Health for under-5s Advice and support from trusted NHS professionals
Your Health Visiting Service Information for parents, health professionals and Early Years providers
First 1000 days: the brain’s window of opportunity Research information from Unicef
Five to Thrive Read about the building blocks for developing brains
Early Years Links for local support and information including help to find local providers
Leicestershire Children and Families Partnership Read about our partnership vision and how we will make this a reality
0-2 Pathway in Leicestershire Read about local support for parents with under-2s. Video "Pathway - small steps to a better future":