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Academics, professionals and policy makers formed Foundation Years Information and Research to promote the vital importance of the earliest years to children’s development and well-being.

The group advances public education and understanding of the substantial body of scientific work on the extent to which the earliest relationships play a major role in shaping a baby’s brain and in influencing their future mental and physical health.
Foundation Years Information and Research promotes research and study and makes available the useful results to engage decision makers, those working in front-line services and the general public.

The evidence:

  • Shows that the implications of our increasing knowledge of the plasticity of the baby's brain require society to shift its perceptions and resource priorities.

  • Justifies a national commitment to strengthening a universal community of care and support for every infant and their immediate caregivers

  • Demonstrates that such a commitment would pay for itself many times over in terms of the quality of life of children, young people and adults, the reduction of mental illness and crime and the resilience, well-being and freedom of society as a whole.

Latest news

The Association for Infant Mental Health Conference 2015
The AIMH conference Antenatal Mental Health: Keeping the Baby in Mind takes place on Wednesday 16th September 2015 at University of Northampton. Please see in the news for flyer and details on how to book.

The Lancet publishes a letter from FYIR Trustee Dr. Sebastian Kraemer on the earliest possible interventions to support parents. Please see In the news for a link to the full letter.

APPG Conception to Age 2: first 1001 days – Building Great Britons
The report of the APPG’s inquiry into perinatal mental health and child maltreatment has been launched. Please see In the news for more information and a link to the full report.

FYIR Seminar Series: the slides from our latest seminar with Professor Sir Michael Marmot are now available in events

FYIR Seminar series: please see events for slides from the seminar on 29th January 2015

FYIR Trustee Dr Sebastian Kraemer writes to The Guardian newspaper urging investment in health prevention at the very earliest stages of life. The letter can be found here.

FYIR Seminar Series: On 15th July 2014, Professor Dr Manfred Cierpka from Heidelberg was invited by FYIR to speak on early intervention programmes in Germany. Please see events for a copy of the slides from his lecture.

Frank Field and Dr Sue Gerhardt have written to the Guardian newspaper in response to an article by Zoe Williams. You can find their letters here.

The cross-party manifesto The 1001 Critical Days: The importance of the conception to age two period was launched in September 2013. You can find a copy of the manifesto here