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1001 Critical Days: The Importance of the Conception to Age Two Period

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16 June 2014
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This cross-party manifesto was produced - in partnership with WAVE - by Conservative MP Andrea Leadsom, Labour MP Frank Field, Liberal Democrat MP Paul Burstow and Green Party MP Caroline Lucas.

Introduction by MPs

‘As politicians from across the political spectrum, we have come together for the first time to acknowledge the importance of the 1001 critical days from when a baby is conceived until the age of two.

This period of life is crucial to increase children’s life chances, and we pledge to work to ensure all babies have the best possible start in life.

We are missing an opportunity if we don’t prevent problems before they arise. It is vital that a focus on the early years is placed at the heart of the policy making process, and in this manifesto we outline why this period of life is so critical, and how we intend to propel our objectives forward.’