The First 1001 Movement is a group of organisations and professionals working together to drive change for babies and their families.
- Our vision is that every baby has loving and nurturing relationships in a society that values emotional wellbeing and development in the first 1001 days, from pregnancy, as the critical foundation for a healthy and fulfilling life.
- Our mission is to drive change by inspiring, supporting and challenging national and local decision makers to value and invest in babies’ emotional wellbeing and development in the first 1001 days.
The first 1001 days include pregnancy and the first two years of a child's life. There is clear, compelling evidence that this is a significant and influential phase in development. This is an age of opportunity. What happens during this period lays the foundation for every child’s future health, well-being, learning and earnings potential. It sets the groundwork for children’s developing emotional wellbeing, resilience and adaptability; the competencies they need to thrive. During this period, we can lay a foundation of health and wellbeing whose benefits last a lifetime – and carry into the next generation.
Together, the Conception to Age Two All-Party Parliamentary Group and the First 1001 Days Movement raise awareness of the importance of this life stage. We share the compelling evidence about the role that early relationships play in children’s development. We use our collective voice to engage, inform and influence national politicians and policy makers. Together, we campaign for changes to national policies to improve outcomes for babies. We also take action individually and collaboratively to drive local change.
We are relaunching the First 1001 Days Movement in Spring 2020.
In the last six months, we have strengthened the foundations of the First 1001 Days Movement, so that it can be more effective in driving change for babies and their families. Over 500 people were engaged in consultation and co-production activities, that resulted in our new vision and mission, terms of reference and a Consensus Statement that sets out what we collectively believe in. These documents can be read here.
We are now signing organisations and professionals up to be part of the Movement. If you want to be involved, please sign up using this link.
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