The impact of the first 2000 days of a child’s life from conception to the time they start school has a lifelong affect. During this time children’s brains are shaped by their experiences, particularly the interactions they have with parents and other care givers. What happens during this time lays the foundations for future development.

There are approximately 100,000 babies born each year in NSW so it makes economic sense to support families earlier rather than later. Late intervention is estimated to cost $15.2 billion/year.

Investing in early childhood produces a return on investment of $13 for every $1 invested. Children who develop within nurturing environments are more likely to become happy and productive members of society (Brighter Beginnings: The First 2000 Days of Life April 2021). So investing in the first 2000 days of a child's life is one of the best investments a community can make for the future!