Pregnancy and the first few years of child’s life are a crucial time for laying the foundations for good health and wellbeing in later years. During this time the brain grows most, making this time a great opportunity. Research has particularly highlighted the importance of secure attachment. This includes impact on: healthy behaviours, e.g. taking exercise, not smoking, not using substances and alcohol, and driving at ordinary speed; ability to learn, develop positive relationships and regulate emotions and School readiness.
The Early Intervention Foundation noted that programmes that help enhance attachment have demonstrated substantial reductions in important risks particularly for vulnerable children.
“There is wide consensus that warm, attentive, stimulating parenting strongly supports children’s social, emotional and physical development.” Allen report 2011