My first 1001 days

Information and ideas for parents and carers to help children’s development from conception to two years.

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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: 

1001 days manifesto   Opens new window

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":