Help at hand to support new parents through their baby’s crucial first 1,001 days

Baby's First 1001 Days

A series of events to share information, guidance and support for new and expectant parents is being hosted by Leicestershire County Council.

Sessions are to take place in Wigston, Braunstone Town, Barwell, Market Harborough, Melton and Coalville between 21 June and 7 July.

The sessions will include activities aimed at developing babies’ brains during their crucial first 1,001 days of life.

Parents and carers will have the chance to ask questions of council experts and meet other families, with the aim of helping them feel comfortable and prepared for the vital role they will play in their child’s development.

Details of the events, and the numbers to call to book a place, are as follows:

  • Tuesday 21 June, 1-2:30pm at Wigston Magna Children and Family Wellbeing Centre (Long Street, Wigston, LE18 2AH, on the site of All Saints Primary School) – 0116 305 5282
  • Wednesday 22 June, 10-11:30am at Braunstone Town Children and Family Wellbeing Centre (Kingsway North, Braunstone Town, LE3 3BD, on the site of The Winstanley School) – 0116 305 4217
  • Wednesday 22 June, 10-11:30am at Barwell Children and Family Wellbeing Centre (Barwell C of E Academy, High Street, Barwell, LE19 8DS) – 0116 305 5210
  • Monday 27 June, 10am-12pm at Market Harborough Children and Family Wellbeing Centre (Coventry Road, Market Harborough, LE16 9BX; parking available) – 0116 305 5320
  • Wednesday 29 June, 10am-12pm at Greenhill Children and Family Wellbeing Centre (171 Waterworks Road, Coalville, LE67 4HZ) – 0116 305 5993
  • Thursday 7 July, 10am-12pm at The Edge (Dalby Road, Melton Mowbray, LE13 0BQ; parking available on site) – 0116 305 1060
 

Supporting new families with accessible information and opportunities to connect with others is an incredibly high priority for us, as we understand that becoming a parent can be daunting.

The first 1,001 days of a child’s life is a time of particularly rapid growth and brain development. Leading child health experts agree that the care given during this period has more influence on a child’s future health and happiness than at any other time in their life.

Events where you can meet others in a similar situation to you, who are going through some of the same experiences, can provide comfort. We encourage new or expectant parents to give one of the centres a call, book a session place and get some really valuable guidance.

Councillor Deborah Taylor, deputy leader and cabinet member for children and families

The council has also created a fun, informative Baby’s First 1001 Days video to help parents and carers understand the significance of this period, and of the care a child receives during this time.

Further advice and information on the first 1,001 days can be found on our dedicated webpage.

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