Research confirms that a child's experience in the first three years of life shape its future - out of all proportion to the rest of childhood. A secure primary attachment relationship is the main protective factor due to the impact it has on the developing brain. When a child's first 3 years are right, it brings huge benefits not just for the child but for the whole of society.
Scientific research is convincing in its message that the first three years of life shape a child's physical, emotional and mental development – for good or bad – out of proportion to the rest of childhood. What About The Children? is a voice for children too young to speak out about their emotional needs themselves.
What About The Children? campaigns for policies that promote prevention rather than intervention to protect the emotional well being of all children. It speaks for the emotional needs of under threes at All Party Parliamentary Groups (APPG's) concerned with children, at the Early Childhood Forum, and Save Childhood Movement.
Young children, who are nurtured, talked to and played with attentively by a constant, sensitive and responsive carer – most often, but not always, the mother – with other caring adults as secondary attachment figures, will almost invariably thrive.
We campaign to ensure children receive consistent, responsive loving care in their earliest years critical for optimum brain development and long term physical and mental health.
What About the Children? brings together academics and practitioners at its annual conference & bi ennnial Goodman lectures on a broad range of aspects of early child development. Past conference papers can be downloaded here.
What About the Children? searches out current scientific research in neuroscience, psychology, biology and the medical sciences, selecting research that provide new insights into early life experiences. We summarise these academic papers for the wider professional community and others interested in children's well being.
Our Research Summaries are grouped by the year the research was published.
How you care for your baby at home has more impact on their success later on in literacy than pre-school education. (ref National Evaluation of Sure Start -Melhuish and Belsky) Interacting with your baby grows their brain, click here to see video clips which show how important cuddles from mum and dad are to your baby's development.
What About The Children? 2015 National Conference & Goodman Lecture
'The First Three Years Last Forever - why?'
11th March 2015 10.45 to 4.30
Royal Overseas League, London SW1A IJR
Delegate Fee £75 (includes buffet lunch)
Prof. Vivette Glover, international expert on the effect of the mother's emotional state in pregnancy on the development of the foetus and her child will present the 2015 Goodman Lecture keynote address.
Nick Hudson Ofsted Director Early Years & Childminding
Representative Health Visitor TBA.
To book a place go to our Conference Page
Read our latest book review on Veronica Read's book published this year
Developing Attachment in Early Years Settings by Veronica Read
2nd Edition published by Routledge
What About The Children? has published helpful advice for parents who need to leave their children in day care with guidance on what they can do to alleviate the misery this separation can cause.
To read "GUIDANCE FOR PARENTS ON HOW TO ALLEVIATE THE MISERY OF CHILDCARE DROP-OFF" click here
What About The Children? relies entirely on its supporters for funding and on the hard work of its committed volunteers.
Help us get the important message about emotional needs and early brain development out to even more people.
What About The Children?, a small national charity, brings together people from a range of backgrounds and expertise who have come together to campaign on behalf of the emotional needs of children too young to speak for themselves. The charity is independent with no political or religious affiliations.