The 1001 Critical Days Movement campaigns to ensure that all babies have the best possible chance of a secure, nurturing early relationship.
- We are an alliance of charities, academics, parliamentarians, practitioners and others.
- We speak with a united voice about the importance of early relationships in giving every baby the best start in life.
- We challenge local and national decision makers who are not doing enough for the youngest children.
The 1001 critical days are the period between conception and a child’s second birthday. During this time of rapid growth, relationships with their parents and other caregivers are incredibly important. What happens during this time lays the foundations for future wellbeing development. Persistent difficulties in early relationships can have pervasive effects on many aspects of child development, with long term costs to individuals, families, communities and society.
Together, the Conception to Age Two All-Party Parliamentary Group and the wider 1001 Critical 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 advocate for policy changes to increase the likelihood that all babies have the secure, nurturing relationships that they need to thrive.
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