All children within the first 1000 days of their life (0-3 years) are raised in safe families, connected to their communities, with parents who are aware of the importance of that period of time and its value in the baby’s development.
After carrying out some extensive research about the importance of the first 1000 days of a baby’s life, its become evident that experiences in pregnancy and the first years have long term impacts for individuals, families, whanau and communities.
As a result, funding programmes, initiatives and pilots that can make a significant improvement to the lives of new born babies is a priority. Particularly when they include some of the following components.:
Practical evidence based parenting programmes the focus on child developmental priorities. Particularly when they involve first time mothers.
Investing in parents, including both individual and groups to improve skills, understanding of early childhood care and development, and life chances for themselves and their children.
Focusing on the needs of young children and which include multiple outcomes education, mental health and physical wellbeing
Working with families and whanau – called “two-generation 2.0” programmes (because they focus on two generations, the child and the parent), these programmes focus on improving education outcomes for parents at the same time as providing high quality early childhood education opportunities for children.