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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

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.

FYIR Seminar Series: Reports on four seminars hosted by FYIR are now available. You can download copies here

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.

Frank Field has written to the Independent newspaper in response to an interview with Tristram Hunt in the paper on Monday 10th February 2014. The letter can be found 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

FYIR has written to Michael Gove to ask him to consider including parenting in the new national curriculum. The letter can be found here.