New parents are being invited to have their say – via a new online survey – on what support they need, and how it is best delivered, so that every baby is given the best start in life, no matter what their circumstances.
New parents, health service professionals, charities and volunteer groups are being asked to share their views to help shape the outcome of the review, by completing an online questionnaire which went live on GOV.UK on Friday 18 September.
This major new review into improving the healthy development of infants was launched by the Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) in July, aiming to break down the barriers that can impact on early years development and level up the opportunities given to every newborn.
Led by Early Years Healthy Development Adviser Andrea Leadsom MP, the review will focus on improving the support available to babies and their families in the period from conception to age 2, often referred to as the 1,001 critical days.
The review will consider the barriers that impact on early years development, including social and emotional factors, and early childhood experiences.
Public Health Minister Jo Churchill said:
“To help inform our work on the Early Years Development Review we want to hear from new or expectant parents, carers and healthcare professionals about their experiences of life with baby throughout this recent critical and unusual time living with coronavirus. What worked well and what could have been improved – so we can ensure babies and young children are supported and nurtured during these vital early years. Now is your chance to help shape this important piece of work, so please let us know your views through our online questionnaire so we can better understand what building blocks we need for those first critical 1,001 days.”
The full press release on the government website can be found here.