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.
Book now for What About The Children?
8th March 2018 10.30 to 4.30
'The Never-changing Emotional Needs
of the Under-threes
– can these be met in our ever-changing society?'
Delegate Fee £85 (includes buffet lunch)
Confirmed Conference Speakers.
- Prof. Marian Bakermans-Kranenburg, University of Leiden
‘Family Matters : Essentials for Child Development’
- Dr. Suzanne Zeedyk, University of Dundee
‘Adverse Childhood Experiences : Why all early years campaigners need to know about this emerging science’
- Dr Susan Pawlby, Kings College, London
‘Keeping the babies in mind. Offspring of mothers with pre-natal mental illness’
- Dr Ronnie Cloke Browne, CareerBreak People.
‘Elevating and Evaluating Career Breaks’
- Sir John Timpson CBE
‘Our light bulb moment’
To book complete the on-line booking form on the Conference page
or email firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 0845 602 7145
What About The Children? Celebrates 25th Anniversary
25 years is a real milestone for a charity which is entirely run by volunteers and financed through donations. What About The Children? has no religious or political affiliations nor does it represent any particular group of professionals. It is an organisation made up of people who share a concern about young children and have come together to speak out about the importance of ensuring babies and very young children's emotional need for consistent, loving care are met. Our message, increasingly confirmed by research, is that the period of development, from conception through the first 30 to 36 months, is key for future mental and physical health, social justice and economic stability.
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.