25 Feb, 2015

Invest in children’s first 1,001 days, say experts

BBC News | Patrick Howse, Education reporter | Feb 25, 2015 

More needs to be done to tackle problems arising in the crucial 1,001 days between conception and the age of two, a parliamentary group says.

The cross-party group wants more emphasis on mental and emotional wellbeing, secure parental attachment and preventing child maltreatment.

Without intervention, it warns of “another generation of disadvantage, inequality, and dysfunction”.

The group estimates the cost of not dealing with the issues to be £23bn.

The All Party Parliamentary Group for Conception to Age Two says this figure – equivalent to more than two-thirds of the annual defence budget – is spent on a problem that is “widespread and when unchecked passes from one poorly parented generation to the next”.