The first years of a child’s life are vital in building resilience that will support a healthier life. 

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"Leading child health experts agree the care given during the 1,001 critical days has more influence on a child’s future than at any other time in their life, and experiences during this time have a significant impact on the health, well-being and opportunity of children throughout life." (Department of Health, March 2021)

The science of how our brains develop in response to the environment we are in teaches us why the first 1,001 days of a baby's life are critical to its future physical and emotional health, as well as how trauma caused by abuse, neglect and other adverse childhood experiences (ACE) can negatively impact this.

With the publication of the recent Government report 'The best start for life: a vision for the 1,001 critical days', there is a real opportunity for the development of universal early years support across the UK that ensures every infant grows up healthy and secure.

In response to this, WAVE has launched a series of early years masterclass seminars to explore what the future of the early years sector should look like.


What this CPD-accredited masterclass will cover

This CPD-accredited masterclass (the final installment in a 3-part series) will explore the future of early years approaches and, in particular, evidence-based programmes such as Parent-Child Psychological Support (PCPS) which draw together and build on existing services.

PCPS is a clinical-based programme to support healthy growth and development of infants, with a particular focus on parent-child interactions, bonding, attachment, and infant social and emotional development. The programme:

  • Monitors and supports physical and cognitive progression
  • Observes, analyses and records babies’ relationships with caregivers
  • Provides feedback on fostering healthy parent-infant relationships
  • Provides a space for parents to talk about their own well-being, allowing for the referral to and provision of additional services as required


    To purchase access to all three events in this 3-part series of CPD-accredited masterclasses for £50+VAT (rather than £75+VAT), choose the Multi-Event ticket choice in the options below.



    George Hosking OBE

    These events will be hosted by George Hosking OBE, WAVE Trust's CEO and Research Director.

    George is a clinical criminologist, psychologist, economist and accountant, with an Advanced Diploma in the Management of Psychological Trauma and degrees in Economics and Psychology. He is one of the UK’s foremost experts on adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) and has been promoting the need to tackle them since 1996.

    Under George's leadership, WAVE has been researching early years brain development, and the best programmes and policies to implement during this period, for over 25 years. Our work is used internationally by UNICEF in Asia and Europe and by healthcare experts (e.g. Italy, Australia, Iceland); has been praised by the World Health Organisation and translated into multiple languages (including Icelandic); and was described as a "manifesto for the world" by a senior UN official.

Thank you for enquiring about our masterclass event 'The future of the early years sector' on 17th September 2021. Unfortunately, this event has already happened, but please do check out our other forthcoming events here.

Best wishes,

The WAVE Team