It might seem natural, but why is it so important to provide children with interaction right from the start? WHO has published these findings and guidelines to highlight the importance of early learning and responsive care. Let’s uncover our role in building the next generation – from the moment they’re born.
The first years of life are among the most important for a child’s mental and physical development. In our earliest years, science shows that our brains build new connections at a rate that will never again be repeated – with over 80% of neural development happening by the time we reach three years of age.
In this brain-building process, it’s not only physical needs that must be met. Babies and young children also require mental stimulation and close, loving interaction with those around them – starting from birth. These precious moments most often take place with family members, who are the focus of a baby’s first, most treasured relationships.
According to a new guideline from WHO, the health sector can play an essential part in supporting families to provide this care, helping ensure every child gets the best possible start for their life ahead.
These are some highlights from this important new resource.