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Academics, professionals and policy makers formed Foundation Years Information and Research to promote the vital importance of the earliest years to children’s development and well-being.

The group advances public education and understanding of the substantial body of scientific work on the extent to which the earliest relationships play a major role in shaping a baby’s brain and in influencing their future mental and physical health.
Foundation Years Information and Research promotes research and study and makes available the useful results to engage decision makers, those working in front-line services and the general public.

The evidence:

  • Shows that the implications of our knowledge of the plasticity of the baby's brain require society to shift its perceptions and resource priorities.

  • Justifies a national commitment to strengthening a universal community of care and support for every infant and their immediate caregivers

  • Demonstrates that such a commitment would pay for itself many times over in terms of the quality of life of children, young people and adults, the reduction of mental illness and crime and the resilience, well-being and freedom of society as a whole.

The Co-Chairs of FYIR are Karen Buck MP
and Catherine West MP

The President of FYIR is Lord Field of Birkenhead

Latest news

The FYIR Zoom postponed on 12th October has been rearranged across two dates as follows:

Meeting by Zoom, 5pm-6.30pm,
Monday, 13th December, 2021

Joeli Brearley, founder of Pregnant then Screwed, will update us on their powerful campaign on child care and discrimination against mothers. This had a visible impact on the recent budget statement. 

Aurélia Rabe, of Ensemble pour l'education de la petite enfance (EduEnsemble), will explain the EU initiative  First Years, First Priority,for which EduEnsemble is French National Co-ordinator, and their Family-Friendly Company badgescheme, launching this month, which works with the French Ministry of Health to promote a better approach to the first 1000 days of life among employers.

Meeting by Zoom, 5pm-6.00pm,
Monday, 10th January, 2021

Nikki Humphrey of the John Lewis Partnership will describe the company's new equal parental leave policy, recognised as the first commitment by a major UK retailer to address equality in this area.

Further information:

FYIR Zoom meeting: Monday, 7th December 2020
At our December 7th 2020 Zoom meeting Nathalie Casso-Vicarini of the charity Eduensemble, and leading light of French National Commission Report, on the first 1000 gave us the good news about the Commission's reception and implementation.

Tove Mogstad-Slinde, the Norwegian Government's Senior Adviser on Early Childhood Education and Care, took us through the progressive and effective Norwegian framework of provision for the first days of life.

Our Trustee Dr Gabriella Conti of UCL reviewed the Royal Foundation's report on attitudes to early childhood, in preparation for FYIR's response to the Report.

You can see all those talks on our YouTube channel

We were delighted to welcome the Rt Hon Andrea Leadsom MP, Leader of the Government’s ongoing Early Healthy Development Review, and Professor Susan Golombok, University of Cambridge, to speak to a FYIR Zoom meeting on Monday, 16th November 2020.

Les Premiers 1000 Jours report published
The French national commission on the first 1000 days of life in which our colleagues, Nathalie Casso-Vicarini and Aurelia Rabe of the Ensemble pour L’Education de Petite Enfance (Eduensemble),played leading roles can be read at

Educating Society about the Early Years
20th April 2021

We were delighted to welcome Aida Cable, Chief Advisor to the Royal Foundation of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, and Felicity Gillespie of Kindred Squared to our Zoom event on 20th April.

  • Aida gave us an insight into the Foundation's far-reaching objectives following their Big Survey on attitudes to early years.
  • Felicity explained Kindred Squared's drive to teach all students about the science of the first 1000 days by commissioning of an Oxford University team to develop a secondary curriculum resource.

Both talks are now available on our YouTube channel

Evidence to the Public Services Committee
You can read our evidence to the Public Services Committee's call for evidence on 'The role of public services in addressing child vulnerability' here: Evidence-to-publicservices-committee.pdf