Skip to main content

Covid tiers latest

Leicestershire is now in national lockdown – here’s the latest information on our services. You can find more information about restrictions at

Sign up for the council's coronavirus updates

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

smiling early years child

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.

My First 1001 Days – a leaflet for parents and carers Opens new window



More information can be found on the following websites:

Hungry Little Minds 

Tiny happy people

Health for under 5s

1001 days manifesto

First 1000 days: the brain’s window of opportunity

Baby brain facts

0-2 Pathway in Leicestershire

Five to Thrive

Early Years

Leicestershire Children and Families Partnership

Top of page