12 May, 2016

Health matters focuses on ensuring the best possible start from pregnancy through to the age of two

UK Gov | The fifth edition of Public Health England’s (PHE’s) Health matters, published today (12 May 2016), outlines how local authorities and health professionals can support women, and their partners, from conception through to pregnancy and into parenthood.

The first 1001 days through pregnancy to 2 years are vital. What happens in pregnancy and early childhood impacts on a child’s physical and emotional health as they move into adulthood. Enabling children to achieve their full potential as early as possible provides the cornerstone for optimum health later on in life.

PHE’s ambitions for ensuring every child has best start in life include focusing on ‘healthy maternity’, ‘ready to learn at 2’ and ‘ready for school by 5’. The first 2 years are vital to help with transition to parenthood and to identify and tackle problems early.

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