The first 1000 Days describes the time from the start of pregnancy to a child’s second birthday. The first 1000 days of being a parent are now accepted to be the most significant in a child’s development. Leading child health experts worldwide agree that care given during the First 1,000 Days has more influence on a child’s future than any other time in their life.


The early years are the greatest period of growth in the human brain. Babies are born with 25% of their brains developed; by age three this has rapidly increased to 80%. A child’s developmental score at 22 months can serve as an accurate predictor of educational outcome at age 26.