A great start – investing in the early years
We believe that investing in the early years of a child’s life gives them the best chance of succeeding.
Evidence shows that the first 1000 days of life are the most important phase of a child’s development. During this time, critical physical, mental, social, and emotional development occurs. When a baby is born, their brain and body is only around 25 percent the size of an adult’s. However by the age of three, a child’s brain has developed to 90-95 percent of its capacity.
This shows the phenomenal growth and development that takes place in the early years of a child’s life.
During this time, a person’s foundation for health, wellbeing and learning is built – this forms the basis for all the other learning and development that takes place over the course of a person’s life.
For a child to realise their full potential and grow into a healthy, strong learner who is able to participate effectively in society, every effort must be made to ensure that the first 1000 days are the best they can possibly be.
So what’s needed for a baby to grow well? Put simply, a baby needs plenty of secure and nurturing relationships with key people in their lives, good nourishment, a healthy and secure environment, and the right sort of stimulation, especially lots of expressive two way communication.
We work with partners to connect vulnerable families and whanau with support services; to build community responsibility and to promote children’s voices.