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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 increasing 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 Frank Field

Latest news

We are 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, will 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 has produced a report which has been warmly welcomed. The English press noted that President Macron responded by doubling paid paternity leave for new fathers to 28 days and made 7 days of the leave obligatory.

The report, which references the parliamentary Health and Social Care Select Committee review chaired by Dr Paul Williams in its first few pages, can be read at:

FYIR Zoom meeting: Monday, 7th December 2020
At our December meeting:

  • Nathalie Casso-Vicarini and Aurelia Rabe of Eduensemble will discuss the French National Commission Report, its reception and its implementation.
  • Our Trustee Dr Gabriella Conti of UCL will explain the findings of her newly published research on health visiting.