The ‘first thousand days’ refers to the period of development from conception to age 2. While early years experts have long been aware that this is an important period of development, researchers have only recently started to unlock some of the mysteries surrounding the processes by which genes, experiences and environments interact to influence development.
New knowledge that has been unveiled has served to increase experts’ views of the significance of the first thousand days, and of the urgent need to reform our policies, practices and systems in response to the evidence.
Evidence shows significance of the first thousand days
The First 1000 Days: An Evidence Paper revealed that there are multiple influences on children’s development, starting from pre-conception, and at the level of the individual child, the family, the community, and broader society.
The Evidence Paper was prepared by the Centre for Community Child Health for the Strong Foundations: Getting it Right in the First 1000 Days initiative.
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In line with our focus on prevention and early intervention, CCCH – along with the Australian Research Alliance for Children & Youth, Bupa Australia, the Bupa Health Foundation, and PwC Australia – united to form a collaboration to focus attention on the earliest period of development: the first thousand days. The collaboration’s first initiative – Strong Foundations: Getting it Right in the First 1000 Days – has been funded by the Bupa Health Foundation. As experts in research and evidence synthesis, one of CCCH’s key roles in the initiative was to develop a First Thousand Days Evidence Paper, synthesising current Australian and international evidence on the biological, social, global, and environmental influences on development.
For more information on the Strong Foundations initiative and the First Thousand Days: An Evidence Paper report, visit the Strong Foundations: Getting it Right in the First 1000 Days website or contact Sue West, firstname.lastname@example.org