A Better Start Supporting child development in the early years

 15 January 2019

Over the past decade or so, there has been an enormous increase in scientific knowledge and understanding of the extent to which the experiences of the very early years – from pregnancy to age three – not only influence, but significantly determine a range of outcomes that potentially affect the course of people’s lives: our health, our behaviours, our education and our social and economic wellbeing. In particular, far more is known about the development of the infant brain, and the crucial importance of the relationship with the infant’s primary carer (usually the mother). We also know more about the impact of environmental factors, from exposure to toxins to opportunities (or the lack of them) to develop social, emotional and cognitive skills.

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Local Government Association

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Local Government Association