ITF Support Wave Trust’s 1001 Critical Days Manifesto

The Infant & Toddler Forum are delighted to pledge their support for the Wave Trust’s 1001 Critical Days Manifesto that was launched on the 12th September 2013. This cross-party manifesto sees the four main UK political parties joining forces to recognise the importance of acting early (in the first two years of life) to enhance the outcomes of children. The manifesto emphasises the need for early intervention on the part of parents and all caregivers as these first 1001 days are crucial to development and change. CMO, Sally Davies in her Foreward to the Manifesto explains “as our understanding of the science of development improves, it becomes clearer and clearer how the events that happened to children and babies lead to structural changes that have life-long ramifications”

The 1001 Critical Days Manifesto also highlights research conducted on the positive benefits of early nutrition on cognitive and physical development.

Dr Atul Singhal, Professor of Paediatric Nutrition at the UCL Institute of Child Health and Chair of the ITF said: “We are very pleased to support the 1001 Critical Days Manifesto as we know what happens to children in their earliest years is key to health outcomes in adult life. Optimal nutrition in the first few months or years is vital to a child’s physical and intellectual development. We know that physical and emotional health are interlinked and interdependent and good physical health can be promoted through good nutrition”.

The Infant & Toddler Forum are dedicated to supporting healthy development in infants and understand the importance of early years intervention in nutrition on the wellbeing of children in later life.

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Further Reading

  • Dr Gill Harris, Consultant Paediatric Clinical Psychologist   Following his recent recovery from coronavirus, Prime Minister Boris Johnson has publicly blamed excess weight for his need for intensive care. He has subsequently declared a war on the UK’s obesity crisis and is planning a post-pandemic public health drive to battle the growing problem.
  • Katie Fox, Primary School Teacher   Due to coronavirus, playgroups and nurseries are shut and those children due to start school in a few months will be out of routine and away from friends. It is understandable that many parents are worried about getting their children ready for September. Children learn and progress at different rates so there are no set criteria on what they need to be able to know or do when they first start nursery, but if they have had some experience learning at home it could help to make it a smoother transition. Turn taking games, imaginative play, reading, and developing fine and gross motor skills can promote independence, build confidence and help develop simple skills.
  • Dr Gill Harris, Consultant Paediatric Clinical Psychologist Dr Maddy Harris, Clinical Psychologist   In times of crisis – such as the one we are currently living in – parents may find that the normal stresses of everyday life are magnified and additional worries and concerns emerge. Knowing how to cope may prove difficult, but an approach which has widely been discussed in the media and on social media is Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT).The premise of ACT is that fears and anxieties are seen as real and cannot be ‘challenged’ away, unlike with cognitive behavioural therapy. By concentrating on our actions we are able to work past our fears. This method may help those struggling with this new chaotic routine we find ourselves in. The Infant & Toddler Forum are here to help with our top tips on how to apply this intervention.