First 1,000 Days: from the beginning of pregnancy through to your child’s second birthday


The First 1,000 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.

Ask most parents, and chances are they’ll say that the First 1,000 Days also present some of the most challenging moments in a person’s life. And, with each new baby comes a whole new set of priorities, dilemmas and challenges.

At NCT, we have long believed that the First 1,000 Days matter. For more than 56 years we have delivered a trusted service to parents.

These pages point to the latest evidence and reasoning behind why now is the time to come together and make lasting improvements to the experience of parents in their First 1,000 Days.

Together we can benefit the lives of children through the early years to adolescence into adulthood and beyond to the next generation.

Check out our fun and informative animation showing how we support you in your First 1,000 Days:

Find out more about First 1,000 Days, what it means, why it's vital and what we want to achieve.

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