Pregnancy through the first two years of a child’s life, “the first 1000 days” are shown to be critical for the long term health of children and their emotional and mental wellbeing. It is this age group our project focuses on to make sure children get the best start in life and to have the greatest impact on their outcomes.
What we do also has an impact on lifting communites out of poverty. The work we do has the potential to fundmental change the health and wellbeing of the individual and society.
Investing in early childhood development is the most cost-effective strategy to break the cycle of inter-generational poverty. It creates social cohesion and builds human capitol. (World Bank, 2011)
Nurturing care means that babies and children have a loving and secure relationship with a care giver that ensures that their needs are met, they feel safe and secure, they are provided with care that supports their health and nutrition and they are protected from risks and violence.
Studies have shown that the long term benefits of this include better health and wealth outcomes, less social tensions and greater opportunites for education and learning (Lancet 2016)
“Those first 1001 days are critical not only because optimal brain development throughout them gives a baby the best possible start in life but also because she or he cannot have a good start in life without it.” (Sheridan & Nelson 2009) -“1001 critical days manifesto.
People who lack nurture from one or more caring adults in the first 1001 days of their lives;
than individuals who were given a better start. These limitations are likely to be perpetuated in an inter-generational cycle when they have children of their own (Champagne 2015).
(The Lancet Early Childhood Development Series 2016)
We are training Nurture Ambassadors in infant massage and infant mental health implement the nurtruing care framework in vulnerable communites.
We are offering a two day training which covers;
At the end of this training partcipants will be awarded a certificate as a baby massage and nurturing care community facilitor with the option to apply for a bursary to study our full baby massage and infant mental health instructor training.